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t’s been five years since Bob Hillier and I published our first issue of Princeton Magazine with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon and his bandmates on the cover. We celebrated the occasion with a lively concert to a packed house at Labyrinth Books. The past five years have been an exciting journey for me personally. I’m very proud of our talented, hard working staff and appreciate the support from our devoted readers and advertisers.
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It’s fitting that Paul’s new band, Wayside Shrines, be the subject of our cover story for this anniversary issue. The group’s CD, Word on the Street, features original songs based on lyrics that can be found in Muldoon’s recently published book, which shares the same title. The band has graciously offered to perform a concert for the entire community in Hinds Plaza on Saturday, May 11, from 4-6PM. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved into the first floor of the Princeton Public Library. Pass the word, everyone is invited! Hinds Plaza is named after Albert Hinds, a lifelong Princeton resident who was admired for his spirit and contributions to the community. I met the charming Mr. Hinds many years ago at the opening of the Waxwood residential property on Quarry Street, which was once an elementary school that he attended. He was over 100 years old at the opening and full of colorful stories about Princeton. You can read about Mr. Hinds and other people behind the names of public spaces in Anne Levin’s story– “Names of Princeton.” Right up the street from Hinds Plaza, you may have noticed the crowds around the original Lahiere’s Restaurant which has been transformed into Agricola, a community eatery. I’ve had the opportunity to eat at the bar and was lucky to get a window seat. The interior is casual chic and the bar menu is delightful. Congratulations to restaurateur Jim Nawn. If you are in the midst of making plans for a summer vacation, be sure to read our story about the massive rebuilding efforts at the Jersey Shore after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Beaches up and down the Jersey Shore will be open for business this Memorial Day and communities are counting on the support of visitors.
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Princeton University Reunions, the P-rade, and Commencement are fast approaching. This year’s Baccalaureate speaker is Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve. We are very honored and excited that the Chairman has granted us an interview and agreed to be our June cover story. The article will touch on his ties to Princeton, life in Washington, and a range of economic topics. I hope you enjoy all the stories in this issue of Princeton Magazine and look forward to seeing many of you at the Wayside Shrines concert on May 11. Best regards,
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| BOOK SCENE LYRICS GONE WILD: ALEXANDER THEROUX’S ENCYCLOPEDIC ADVENTURE By Stuart Mitchner Most of the songs and performers described in Adam Brent Houghtaling’s This Will End in Tears: A Miseribilist Guide to Music (It Books $16.99) have no place in the soundtrack of my life. Nor does Leonard Cohen’s anguished “Hallelujah,” which is the subject of Alan Light’s The Holy or the Broken (Atria $25). On the list of Miseribilist’s 100 Saddest Songs, the only ones I feel viscerally close to are Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet,” number 23, and Portishead’s “Sour Times,” number 95. Songwriters like my personal favorite Ray Davies, cover all the bases, high and low and in between, and never stop rocking. When Davies and the Kinks accentuate the negative, as in “Dead End Street” and “Shangri-La” and innumerable others, you don’t hang your head, nor do you smile and nod in tortured fellowship, you sing along feeling good. The books by Light and Houghtaling are reasonably interesting contributions to the literature of rock. Alexander Theroux’s Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics (Fantagraphics $28.99), is a phenomenon that belongs to no genre, least of all the one suggested by its title. To appreciate what Theroux is really up to here, you have to understand at the outset that when it comes to the sixties, he’s a stranger in a strange land who ﬁnds the music and the era it deﬁned and energized essentially debased, destructive, and corrupting. While I would much rather spend time celebrating the manifold pleasures of this mistitled book, it would be irresponsible to pass over without comment the author’s Quixotic carping at the anything-goes premise of the most inventive and daring rock lyrics, which leads him to attack, without reference to the power and glory of the music, wonders like “Born to Run,” “I am the Walrus,” “All Along the Watch Tower” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” After feebly tilting at the windmill of John Lennon’s I-dare-you-to-make-senseof-this lyric for “I am the Walrus” (asking us “Doesn’t a lyric inherently demand some comprehensibility, exact some cohesion?”), again without reference to the power of the music, Theroux offers a long list of songs that ﬁt “the fashion and fecundity of genius” — a list that includes “My Mammy,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “How Are You Going to Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree”). No need to ask yourself “Is he serious?” This is clearly music he knows and loves. Who doesn’t love the great old songs at least up to a point? The only example of “fecund genius” he offers, however, is from Irving Berlin’s “Oh How That German Could Love”: I just couldn’t stop her/For dinner and
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supper/Some kisses and hugs was the food./ When she wasn’t nice, it was more better twice,/When she’s bad she was better than good.” Again, you may wonder “Is this all a perverse joke?” No, I believe he truly admires these lines he calls “Matchless,” in spite of errors of tense, sense, and grammar more extreme than any number of comparatively petty monsters of misuse he’s been shaking his lance at. A few pages later he hits rock bottom when he pairs Bruce Springsteen and Rush Limbaugh, a piece of needless nastiness that fortunately happens toward the end of this unique book that deserves a wider and more sophisticated audience than the one its title will attract.
I’ve read, admired, and written at length about Theroux’s immense, relentlessly, brilliantly expansive works, Darconville’s Cat (1981) and Laura Warholic (2007), both of which are apparently driven by the same demons that now and then goad him over the top or through the bottom in Grammar of Rock. One way or another, this is a work of art in the form an encylopedic autobiographical adventure on the subject of the subtitle, 20th century pop lyrics, and readers should prepare to be offended, appalled, outraged, impressed, and amazed, as well as enlightened and entertained. Readers should also be in sound health, mind and body, and able to laugh out loud without undue damage to heart, lungs, or other internal organs.
Theroux never takes the simple route, the socalled easy road. He gorges on complexity. Say what you will about this fastidious malcontent’s personal style—arrogant, vindictive, in bad taste, nasty and ungentlemanly, an inferno of preening pedantry, a laff riot, jubilee and juggernaut—he at least has a style, though it’s not always, to put it mildly, reader-friendly. This is, understand, 337 pages of elaborately workedout free-association: no chapters, no subheads, no lines of demarcation, no rest-stops. It’s the last word in streaming, an unbounded Stream of Consciousness that makes Molly Bloom’s lusty outpouring at the end of Ulysses look tame and temperate. The quantity of song titles covered would drive the best indexer in the world to drink, which is presumably why the index doesn’t go there. The challenge to a copyeditor and/or proofreader is even more mind-boggling, witness howlers like the song “Hey Good Looking” showing up as “Hey Gook Looking.” The text is peppered with disclaimers on the subject of its own testy excessiveness, such as the one on p. 197: “Forgive what may seem overly unkind, petty, or in fact trivial.” Which is followed by a quote from British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead to the effect that “it requires a very unusual mind to undertake an analysis of the obvious.” Whereupon Theroux writes, “We cannot live on the blind side of illusion or of absurdity,” and proceeds to quote Jimmy Durante, “exasperatedly ﬂinging up his arms” in the movie Music for Millions, and saying, “That’s the conditions that prevail” (“Dat’s da conditions dat prevail,” in Durantese, my translation). There you get a sense of the reach of the book: Whitehead and the Schnozzola sharing the same paragraph. Instead of The Grammar of Rock Rock, a title closer to the spirit of the mission would be Anything Goes, courtesy of George and Ira Gershwin. Or maybe Fascinatin’ Rhythm Rhythm. Theroux fancies the unlikely even as he skewers the imperfect. For instance, the fact that virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, who scorned Mozart and Schumann, was fascinated by Brit pop singer Petula Clark, whose voice, in Gould’s own words, is “ﬁercely loyal to its one great octave” and whose signature song “Downtown” is “the most afﬁrmatively diatonic exhortation in the key of E major since the unlikely team of Felix Mendelssohn and Harriet Beecher Stowe” pooled their talents.” Or the fact that Einstein’s pal at the Institute for Advanced Study Kurt Gödel cared little for classical music (Bach and Wagner made him “nervous”) but loved “O Mein Papa,” “Harbor Lights,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and other pop songs from the 1950s. There are pages of Theroux rifﬁng on the resemblance between the voices of celebrities, for example, Hilary Clinton sounds like Ginger Rogers, George McGovern like Liberace. And there are pages on subtle ﬂaws in pronunciation, speech defects, and tics that in one sequence go from Buddy Holly to Martin Luther King to
Luciano Pavarotti. It would take a review ten times this long to give the full ﬂavor of the nutty, piquant odds and ends Theroux has collected: Did you know President Eisenhower’s favorite dessert was prune whip? Or that “the bloated and swag-bellied Imelda Marcos, Queen of the Philippines” once sang “Because of You” in Tagalog to President Johnson, and performed a “mewling version” of “Feelings” in a “woefully out-of-tune voice to semi-comatose President Reagan and his wife Nancy.” As for unlikely song writers and composers, in case you thought Theroux was conﬁned to Tin Pan Alley (though it’s clearly his ballpark), he rings the changes on everyone from King Henry VIII to Bertolt Brecht. Martin Luther “wrote lyrics to what were the street songs of the day,” Leo Tolstoy composed a little waltz in F for string orchestra with ﬂute solo obbligato in his youth, Fredrich Nietzsche wrote solo piano pieces and songs for female and male voice in his teens. As the pages ﬂy, you begin to think Theroux may be running out of gas and he comes up with his belief “that St. Paul wrote hymns” and Carla Bruni, the former First Lady of France, wrote songs. Oh, and Abe Lincoln loved to sing, especially “pathetic pieces.”
One example of the way Theroux works in personal history comes with the allusion to “Snow White” in a passage about being puzzled as a child by the wording of “my soul to keep” and “my soul to take” in bedtime prayers: “When we were saying our prayers at night, even at the age of ﬁve or six, me and my brothers lay in our consecutive beds like dwarves, muttering, Now I lay me down to sleep.” At this point I have to stop, which means leaving out the numerous Elvis Presley vignettes, particularly the one involving Robert Goulet’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. A last word of warning for fans of Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and Bette Midler, among many other targeted luminaries, “abandon all hope or at least come sedated ye who choose to enter the Alexandrian labyrinth.” And beware one and all, for once you begin this infuriating, unforgettable collection, you won’t ﬁnd it easy to stop reading. Along with everything else, it’s a page-turner.
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| ART SCENE Where the Land and Water Meet A Father and Son Show at Gallery 14 by Linda Arntzenius
irst there was George L. Trenner. Then came his son Nelson R. Trenner. Then his son, Richard. Now Richard’s 15-year old son, Winslow Radcliffe-Trenner, is continuing the family tradition of photography. A veteran of the Spanish American War and World War I, George L. Trenner left behind albums of vintage prints from the 1890s. He was a Londoner by birth and he arrived in New York City at the age of 20, sometime around 1894. Richard can still recall the atmosphere of his grandfather’s darkroom: his view camera and the collection of heavy glass plates dating back to the turn of the 20th century. “When I was a boy, I often saw my grandfather get off the train from the city with a camera suspended from his neck on a leather strap,” he says. Richard’s father, Nelson R. Trenner, was also a serious amateur, as is evidenced by albums of Kodachrome images from the time of Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Born in 1905, Nelson moved to Princeton in the early 1930s to study and, in time, to do research and teach at the University. In 1932, while studying chemistry in Berlin, he bought his first Leica from the German company that made hand-held photography feasible. “My father used one of the Leicas he had bought as a graduate student constantly to photograph family and places, until his death in Princeton in 1994,” says Richard. It was a Pentax single lens reflex, however, that Nelson Trenner gave to his son Richard when he was a keen 12 year-old. Since then, Richard has become increasingly involved in photography, winning a number of awards and selling pieces to private collectors. Also a graduate of Princeton, as well as Rutgers, Richard Trenner’s first solo show, sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton at the Princeton Public Library in 2009 was followed by a second at the Chapin School Gallery in 2010. Richard’s son Winslow Radcliffe-Trenner is the latest Trenner photographer. Ten of his works together with 25 by his father and several images produced by the two earlier generations of Trenners comprise the exhibition Where the Land and Water Meet at Gallery 14 in Hopewell through June 2. This is Radcliffe-Trenner’s first exhibition. “Photography matters a great deal to me,” says Richard, who is gratified and a little relieved by the ongoing family tradition. “I was keen that one of my two sons likes photography but it’s not something you can force. I’m glad that Win has caught the bug.” A writer by profession, Richard says that his approach to writing and photography is similar. “The camera is a way to explore the
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Above: Nelson Richards Trenner and George Lewis Trenner in NYC in 1910, when Nelson was five and George was 35. Below: Rigging Fugue by Richard Trenner.
world, it sharpens perception and trains the eye to be more attentive, more critical and analytical and helps develop a sense of beauty, color, and composition. Just as I think more coherently when trying to put words on a page, I find photography offers a similar mental focus; in thinking about the world visually, you see details and aspects that you might not otherwise notice.” Of the vast and unchanging ocean, Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “the point of greatest interest is where the land and water meet.” Lovers of the sea in all its moods will find something to indulge that passion here. Some of the images are startlingly simple, others richly complex. Many were shot on the coast of Maine where the Trenner family has a home in Castine, a little town on a peninsula formed by two rivers, about three hours drive from the Bay of Fundy—a favorite spot for fogs, rocks, and seascapes. Other locales include coastal areas of New Brunswick, Canada; Cape Ann and Nantucket, Massachusetts; and Europe. Those by Win were taken earlier this year using a digital Nikon D200 on a high school trip to Patagonia and South Georgia Island. Win, whose name incidentally was inspired by the famous painter of seascapes Winslow Homer—the double barreled surname comes from his mother, architectural historian Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner—is a boarding student at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. The cruise ship he was traveling on was headed to Antarctica until a storm and a 30-foot wave broke over it, shattering windows and taking out some electricity. The captain ended up with his arm in a sling and one crew member had his nose broken. The excursion gave the fourth generation photographer plenty of opportunity to hone his skills in challenging and constantly changing light conditions. “One of the best parts of the trip was the extent of weather I found myself in,” he says. “The time I spent in Patagonia, where it’s normal to have rain almost 90 percent of the year, was amazingly clear and sunny. South Georgia, on the other hand, was much of the time very foggy—which is not to
say it was not beautiful. With these two extremes, I quickly learnt to take several shots with differing exposures by bracketing each shot.” Richard uses a digital Nikon D 7000 and prints his work on an Epson Stylus Pro 3800. He practices as little post-processing as possible and rarely uses Photoshop, preferring to make choices with respect to focal plane, depth of field, shutter speed, and so on, while shooting. Occasionally he may experiment with techniques such as “saturation” to intensify color, but in general he’s wary of manipulation. “If you are looking to enhance an image so as to better represent the experience that’s one thing, but overuse can result in images that are false, almost cartoon like,” he says.
Above: Chile Mountains by Winslow Radcliffe-Trenner. Bottom: Water Colors by Richard Trenner.
There is a reportorial aspect to some of Richard’s work as in the image of a life-size carved angel headstone in a cemetery set in the foreground against the incongruous steaming bulk of the Budweiser Brewery. The picture was taken near Newark airport; a plane can be seen coming in to land. It’s a richly detailed and nuanced piece, part by design and part by serendipity. Richard is drawn to incongruity, to disparities between rich and poor, and to narrative. “I try to make unexpected combinations of things—colors, textures, shapes, objects, and moods—combinations that will, I hope, stimulate thought,” he says. Perhaps the most obvious example of this is his “Three Little Latino Boys Watch One of Lord Ashcroft’s Yachts Arriving at Nantucket,” which brings together distinct horizontal bands: the seaweedstrewn beach, the wind- and current-roiled water, the gleaming hull of the motor-yacht, and the flat July sky. It also shows the gulf, social and economic, as well as physical, between the boys, the two men at the bow, and the yacht’s invisible billionaire-owner. “My father and his father were inveterate observers of life,” says Richard. “George especially loved ships and the sea. During World War I, he went to sea on a minesweeper deployed off the coast of Nova Scotia. In April 1912, he took my father down to one of
Manhattan’s Hudson River piers to watch the arrival of the Cunard liner Carpathia carrying survivors from Titanic. My father remembered that day for 80 years.” Richard has been a full member of Gallery 14 for two years. The group meets regularly for members to critique each other’s work and provides exhibition space once a year in the main gallery and once in the smaller Goodkind Gallery. Membership has allowed Trenner to begin thinking of himself as a professional photographer rather than a hobbyist. “I’m showing more and more and last year I did a cover for a book by Joyce Carol Oates and I’m increasingly interested in doing portraits.” Still he thinks it unlikely he’ll depart from the family tradition of amateur status. He runs his own Princetonbased company, Advanced Communication Training, and he’s written and co-written books on communication and edited some 20 titles for the Lodima Press, a publisher of fine art photography books. He has taught writing workshops for universities and lectured in
public and international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He’s also written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and edited two weekly newspapers: The Central Post, covering South Brunswick, and The Delaware Valley News, covering western Hunterdon County and Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Where the Land and Water Meet is on view through June 2 at Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5PM, and by appointment. For more information, call 609.333.8511, email galleryfourteen@yahoo. com, or visit: www.photogallery14.com.
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| ART SCENE OTHER AREA EXHIBITS Morven Museum & Garden, Stockton Street. Coastal Impressions: Painters of the Jersey Shore, 18801940, through September 29, examines the Jersey shore as home to artists whose output rivaled that of the betterknown colonies of Old Lyme and Cos Cob, Connecticut and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Based on the collection of leading collector and historian, Roy Pedersen, the exhibition features works by Edward Boulton, Wyatt Eaton, Albert Reinhart, Julius Golz, Charles Freeman, John F. Peto, Thomas Anshutz, Hugh Campbell, Carrie Sanborn and others. For more information and hours, call 609.924.8144 or visit: www.morven.org. Prallsville Mills Sawmill, Route 29, near Stockton, New Jersey. Exhibiting together for the first time in many years, the husband-and-wife team of Charles McVicker and Lucy Graves McVicker will show diverse works in an exhibition that opens with a reception on June 2 from 3–6PM. Charles McVicker will lead a “Talk & Tour” on Wednesday, June 5 at 2PM. Lucy McVicker will give a watercolor demonstration on Saturday, June 8 at 2PM. The exhibition, which benefits the Delaware River Mill Society, may be viewed Tuesdays through Sundays, from 1–6PM through June 15. Princeton University Art Museum on the university campus, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, explores the presence of Africans and their descendants in Europe from the late 1400s to the early 1600s and the roles they played in society as reflected in art (through June). 1913: The Year of Modernism, through June 23, focuses on a pivotal moment in the development of modern art and literature in Paris and abroad. For information and hours, call 609.258.3788 or visit: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/ exhibitions.
Top: Carl Buergerniss (1877-1956), At Play Barnegat Bay c.1912, oil on canvas. Collection of Roy Pedersen. Bottom: East Wing by Charles McVicker. Right: Deep Waters by Lucy Graves McVicker (abstract).
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THURSDAY, MAY 2 8PM Public Lecture: The Implications of the Discovery of the Higgs Boson with Harvard University Professor and Physicist, Lisa Randall; McCosh Hall, Princeton University.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 10AM-4PM Whole Foods Market of Princeton celebrates the grand opening of their Culinary Center with live music, free cooking classes, and instruction from local chefs (also, on Sunday, May 5).
10AM-5PM Kite Day at Terhune Orchards. Same hours on Sunday. 10AM-5PM Morven in May Art, Craft and Garden Sale featuring traditional heirloom plants and some of the region’s most talented artists and craftspeople (also on Sunday, May 5); Morven Museum & Garden. 11AM-3PM Spring Fling Celebration with free pony rides, a petting zoo, and the annual Rescue Pet Fashion Show sponsored by Cutter’s Mill; Princeton Shopping Center.
SUNDAY, MAY 5 2-3:30PM Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the Arts Council of Princeton.
7:30AM-6PM The Annual Trenton Kennel Club Dog Show at Mercer County Park. Thousands of dog breeds and handlers descend on the Park for this 2-day event (also, on Sunday, May 6).
9AM-6PM ECAC Track & Field Championships at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.
3PM WHYY welcomes NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross to McCarter Theatre.
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FRIDAY, MAY 10 7:30PM Comedian and director, David Steinberg performs at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa.
8PM Huey Lewis and the News celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their hit album, Sports! with a performance at the State Theatre of NJ.
SATURDAY, MAY 11 11AM-4PM Waldorf School of Princeton’s Annual May Fair; 1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton. 11AM-5PM Spirit of New Jersey State
FRIDAY, MAY 17 3PM-6PM Spring Native Plant Sale sponsored by the D&R Greenway Land Trust (also on Saturday, May 18); D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery, 1 Preservation Place.
8PM Jazz quartet, Lines of Reason, perform alongside Clifford Adams of Kool and the Gang as part of the Paul Robeson Legacy Series; Arts Council of Princeton.
History Fair at Washington Crossing Park in Titusville.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
4-6PM Princeton Magazine sponsors a free
8PM McCarter Theatre’s Annual “Oh, What
performance in Hinds Plaza by the musical group Wayside Shrines.
6PM The legendary Liza Minnelli in concert for the State Theatre of NJ’s Twenty-Fifth Annual Beneﬁt Gala.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 11AM-3PM Mother’s Day Brunch at the Peacock Café; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 11AM-5PM The Outdoor Princeton Farmers Market returns for the summer season (every Thursday at Hinds Plaza).
a Night” gala in conjunction with a concert by The Midtown Men, four singers from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys; McCarter Theatre Center.
SUNDAY, MAY 19 8AM-6:30PM Big East Conference Women’s Rowing Championship at Mercer County Park.
MONDAY, MAY 20 10:30AM-7PM Isles, Inc. Sixth Annual Golf Outing at Jasna Polana Golf Course in Princeton.
TUESDAY, MAY 21
4-9PM Join Palmer Square for Girls Night
5:30PM Womanspace presents the 2013
Out, an evening of exclusive promotions and discounts at the shops and restaurants of downtown Princeton.
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award to author Lee Woodruff at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
7PM Country singer Luke Bryan performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ as part of his Dirt Road Diaries Tour.
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FRIDAY, MAY 24 9:30PM New Hope/Lambertville Friday Night Fireworks over the Delaware River. Every Friday night through August 30.
SATURDAY, MAY 25 10AM Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade begins at the corner of Princeton Avenue and Nassau Street and ends at Borough Hall. 11AM-8PM Early season opening day for the Princeton Community Park Pool. Also on May 26, 27, June 1, 2, 8, and 9. Full-time summer schedule begins on Wednesday, June 12.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 11AM-5PM Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center’s “Spring Into Shape” Event. Receive free health screenings, healthy cooking tips, and lessons in stress management; 100 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro.
THURSDAY, MAY 30
8:30AM Central NJ Kidney Walk sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation; 50 River View Plaza, Trenton. 9AM HomeFront’s 5th Annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk to beneﬁt homeless families in Central NJ; ETS Campus, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
3-7 PM Opening Reception for “Opposites Attract”, artworks by Charles McVicker and Lucy Graves McVicker at the Sawmill Gallery, Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, just north of Stockton. Gallery Hours: Tues-Sun. 1-6 pm. On Wed. June 5, 2 pm, Charles will give a Talk and Tour.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
7PM Trenton Thunder baseball team plays the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Trenton Thunder Stadium (also on June 8 and 9). 8PM NJSO performs Stravinsky’s The Rite
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FRIDAY, JUNE 7
of Spring, along with Wagner and Debussy. Conducted by NJSO Musical Director Jacques Lacombe; New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 7AM-5PM Tour de Cure, the all-day cycling event to fund research to end the spread of diabetes; ETS Campus, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton.
8AM Community Connections 2013
begin in front of Nassau Hall and around the Princeton University campus (runs through Sunday, June 2).
Princeton Healthcare 10K Road Race; Princeton University Stadium.
8PM Princeton’s Famous Triangle Show returns to McCarter Theatre, all-male kickline included (also on Saturday, June 1).
Princeton Township Hall.
12-5PM A Good Day in Trenton, from house tour to dining to Art All Night. Tour 10 houses in Cadwalader Heights, the only Frederick Law Olmstead designed neighborhood in New Jersey, and speak with contractors, master gardeners, and architects. Plein air artists will be at work in several gardens. A portion of the proceeds will beneﬁt Mercer Street Friends. For ticket information visit www.cadwaladerheights.com.
ALL DAY Princeton Reunion Celebrations
FRIDAY, MAY 31
NOON Flag Day Ceremony on the Plaza at
MONDAY, JUNE 10 10AM The Thomas Edison State College Foundation hosts the 19th Annual Thomas C. Streckewald Golf Classic at Jasna Polana Golf Course in Princeton.
TBA The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ presents a showing of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It on their Outdoor Stage; College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 8PM Marie Alonzo’s Tangerine Dance Collective performs at the West Windsor Arts Center.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28 7PM The Dave Matthews Band performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ (also on Saturday, June 29).
THURSDAY, JULY 25 Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival (runs through Sunday, July 28).
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// Group Chemistry: Where There’s a Will There’s a Wayside shrine // By sTuarT MiTchner PhoTograPhy By BenoiT corTeT
“Her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll” is the message Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground were singing in the spring of 1970 about a fiveyear-old girl named Jenny. The same message rang true to filmmaker Wim Wenders, who says his life was saved by rock when he was growing up in the shadows of post-war Germany because it “led him to film-making” and helped him “to think of fantasy or creativity as having something to do with joy.”
Left to right: Nigel Smith, tim ChaStoN, ila CouCh, Noriko maNabe, Paul muldooN, ChriS harford, ray kubiaN.
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// Paul muldoon
// Chris harFord
So, if “something to do with joy,” together with the interplay of unique musical personalities, group chemistry with a potent beat, and game-changing quantities of imagination can save lives, at least figuratively, what happens when you bring extraordinary music together with extraordinary poetry, as when an acclaimed poet who grew up loving rock writes lyrics rich with variety and wit and texture expressly for a group of talented musicians to get their minds and hearts around? What happens then? What happens is Paul Muldoon, Wayside Shrines, and a life-saving album called The Word On the Street. Fishing For a name In October 2010, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, guitarist and singer-songwriter Chris Harford heard Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon read an eleven-part poem called “Wayside Shrines.” At the time of the reading, Harford, Muldoon, and ex-Rackett bassist and composer Nigel Smith were writing songs together, matching Muldoon’s lyrics to music, and feeling the first rush of excitement in knowing that the dream of the group they were forming was coming true.
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“We were fishing for a name,” Harford recalls. “That’s when it hit me. It wasn’t until that moment. The meaning came later. That title stuck out right away.” Seeing the poem in print cinched it. The primary image is of a makeshift shrine marking the scene of a car crash in which a young woman dies (“the sudden failure of a brake drum” extending a prom queen’s “lease on Elysium”). The shrine consists of “piles of rock” and resembles a “makeshift mobile” formed of handwritten notes, “a cache of snapshots in a fogged-up globe.” Now that he knew what the poem was about, Harford’s original intuition was validated. “The name was the title!” he says. “His poem, his band. It made sense. Paul Muldoon and Wayside Shrines.” Meanwhile Muldoon himself needed some convincing (“It’s still a bit of a mouthful”), but he came round. It was in the nature of the group dynamic that they would take his title and make it their own, since a similar transaction was effected every time he gave them a lyric to build into a full-fledged song. “When people ask me what I do for a living,” Muldoon says with a smile, referring to “the makeshift mobile” from the poem’s crash scene shrine, “I tell them I’m in the construction business.” The CEO also happens to be a bit of a
poetical magpie snatching cliches, slogans, place-names, and catch phrases from the word waste of Wawa-Jiffy Lube-Pathmark America and feeding them to his musicians to make into magical musical song shrines, no two alike, each with its own devotional glow. And if Muldoon’s brood of musicians don’t always follow the lead of the lyric, so much the better, like when the current of feeling in the music runs counter to the message with exhilarating results in “I Dont Love You Any More” and “Over You.” Muldoon imagines “going against the lyric” as “a great adventure because I’m never entirely sure where the musicians are likely to end up. In a strange way, the lyrics are written to be indestructible, so that anything can be done to them.” sounding the shrines The beauty of it is that through a melodious sequence of serendipitous happenings and connections, the New Yorker poetry editor from County Armagh’s sassy, learnedly street-smart fables have attracted a world of talent from North London and Potters Bar, Herts. (bassist and scholar biographer of Andrew Marvell Nigel Smith), New Zealand (singer and TV field producer Ila Couch), Australia (violinist
// Noriko MaNabe
// Nigel SMith
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// ila CouCh
// Ray Kubian
// Tim ChasTon
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biologist Tim Chaston), Kyoto, Japan (ethnomusicologist pianist Noriko Manabe), Princeton (musical life force Chris Harford), Central Jersey (drummer Ray Kubian), all stirred and served and blended at the upstate New York studio of Radiohead and Morphine producer Paul Kolderie, who had “a kind of a tingly sixth sense thing” when he heard the Wayside demo—“I just knew it was going to be good!” Listeners who come to love The Word On the Street may well begin falling when they hear Ila Couch sing the title song, for she lives with Muldoon’s lyrics as if they were inscribed in her emotional DNA. The title also plays on the way Muldoon plucks words from the street and earth and air of the culture and remakes them into something rich and strange. For Chris Harford, the first of “the magical moments of a young band searching for a sound” came when he and Ila were figuring out “The Word on the Street.” According to Ila, it was one of the two poems Paul handed her the day they met. Explaining how she manages to make a downbeat love song out of a lyric by an Irish poet that could have been interpreted quite differently (what with lines like “The conventional wisdom was they found no coke in the cockatoo’s system”), she says, “I just connected with the universal heartache of being in a relationship as it breaks down.” About working out a melody with Chris, “he was really the first person I felt comfortable playing my own songs to ... then he would play what I was playing in a far more sophisticated way that made my simple chords come to life and we’d negotiate whether something needed to change.” Over time Muldoon began emailing lyrics to everyone so that whoever “got to the songs first,” as Ila puts it, “would give them a go.” What could have been competitive led to mutual appreciation. “It helps that we’re all open,” says Ila. “It also helps that we love each other’s sound. I might have a crack at something, give up and in a week or two someone else has picked it up. Ray Kubian did that with ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ and it’s amazing. I couldn’t have made that song sound as good as Ray did.” The same thing happened with “Elephant Anthem.” Ila and Chris were working on their own version when Nigel and Noriko emailed the audio file of theirs: “We listened with big smiles when we heard it. It’s so uniquely them.” In fact, Nigel and Noriko have become known as
Waysides’ Sonny and Cher. And taking mutual musical appreciation to the limit, they’ve decided to get married. After Nigel and Noriko wrote the music to “Elephant Anthem,” which begins with a full choral rendering of the words Chris says could be the mantra of the band (“Figuring out, figuring out, figuring out what it’s all about”), it took the group 14 hours’ communal labor in Nigel’s house near Lake Carnegie to complete the arrangement.
to the influence of Italian opera on Latin boleros. (She wrote the exhilarating chorus for “I Don’t Love You Any More” when she was grading papers in Lewis Library and then built the rest of the song around it.) And at the same time Harford “had a feeling” about what such a person could bring to the band, Nigel was giving a talk in a popular music colloquium series Noriko ran, thus beginning the love match that developed within the melodic entity of the Shrines.
radiohead and morphine producer paul Kolderie had “a kind of tingly sixth sense thing” when he heard the Wayside demo — “i just knew it was going to be good!” Meanwhile Nigel began working out the music to “Feet of Clay” while sitting on his boyhood bed in his parents’ house in Potters Bar. When he brought what he had back home to the band in Princeton, Ila contributed the “ah-has” and the contrasting vocal line, with Noriko providing the harmonization on the bridge. The resulting duet between Nigel and Ila makes a charming companion piece to Chris and Ila’s in “Over You.” Open SeSame! If there’s a single person who was essential to the formation of Wayside Shrines, the group’s human Open Sesame, it’s Chris Harford. Beyond being a musician with 30-plus years of performing and composing and singing and networking under his belt, the Princeton High School graduate (Class of 1980) is intimately acquainted with serendipity. For a start, how else could Noriko Manabe have entered the picture? Harford had heard of her and was thinking of her for the band and next thing he knew, Nigel Smith was bringing her on board. Here was a musician with perfect pitch, playing piano by ear at three, raised in North Carolina, performing with a symphony orchestra at 13, seriously into heavy rock (Hendrix, Zeppelin), playing keyboard in a band, entering the world of high finance, becoming an investment consultant at Morgan Stanley, an authority on Sony and Nintendo, now a world music scholar at Princeton studying the social and cultural aspects of music-making ranging from Japanese hip-hop and children’s songs
Another example of Harford’s apparent bond with the forces of magic realism concerns the appearance of violinist Tim Chaston, who sets the standard for the album in the overture to “It’s Never Too Late” and who takes every song he solos on to a higher level (solos that are songs in themselves), notably in “Over You” and “Cleaning Up My Act.” Tim and his wife Kate Neal came to Harford’s attention not through some “musician wanted” notice but in response to an ad posted for help with Chris’s aging parents. Another musical love match, Tim and Kate met in Melbourne when Tim was playing in the string section of the orchestra recording a film sound track arranged by Kate, presto, next thing you know they’re married, and now here’s Kate, busy with her own career as a composer, working on a composition PhD at Princeton, plus she and Tim have a new baby and a three-year-old named Olive. Besides playing the accordion so necessary to the richly atmospheric “Word on the Street,” Kate is responsible for the outthere string arrangements in “I Don’t Love You Any More” and “Elephant Anthem.” Building the lyric Ray Kubian says “When Paul recites these lyrics, he conveys a certain groove, or feel, to accentuate certain lines, so I try and keep those nuances. It really is an interesting process.” Ila finds Paul’s lyrics “very easy” to set to music for the most part. “He doesn’t usually read them first, tell us where the chorus, verses and bridges should be, but you can feel your way there. That’s not always the case but therein lies the challenge—making may 2013 PRINCETON maGaZINE
lofty and lengthy phrases work within the parameters of a melody.” For all his talk of putting his lyrics at the mercy of the musicians, Muldoon has the first and last word. During the spring of 2012, when he and his family were on the other side of the world with Semester at Sea, he was in touch, suggesting that the still-evolving album needed a strong rocker. The choice was “The Youngers (Bob and John, and Jim and Cole),” which grew out of the poet’s lifelong fascination with the American west: “When I was twelve I knew more about America than I did about Ireland. I had a cousin who lived in California, worked as a nanny for Gordon MacRae, and she gave me a book called The Golden Book of California. So at that stage I knew all about Sutters Mill, the [Spanish] missions, and so forth.” As a youngster, he was addicted to television westerns to the extent that when one was cancelled the day Kennedy was killed, his moral priorities took a serious hit. The “Youngers” was inspired by movies about Jesse James and the great Northfield Minnesota raid, as well an illustrated history of the James/Younger gang, “with lots of photographs of these guys,” a number of whom lived into the 20th century waiting for Muldoon to come find them. Meanwhile Ray, Ila, and Chris came upon a novel way to deliver the rocker Muldoon ordered. They decided to see what would happen if each of them sang lead
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at the same time, just at slightly different intervals, as in a round. Driving like a hellbent posse (“It’s a dense song” says Paul), “The Youngers” puts the three-part vocalization in play with the descending line of the chorus (Tim Chaston’s idea, says Chris), creating a tense, atonal effect so exciting that it leaves you, like Oliver Twist, asking for more. Song aS Shrine Should anyone doubt that Muldoon is creating shrines of a sort within his lyrics, it should be noted that in addition to the Youngers, he’s found places on the it’snever-to-late-for-rock’n’roll express for some rather heavy characters, such as Caesar, Machiavelli, and Stalin in “Julius Caesar Was a People Person.” And it’s never too late to bring back T.S. Eliot, Charlton Heston, and Arnold Rothstein in “Badass Blues,” a number not included on the album. The shrine-inspired message is totally upfront in “Black Box,” composed and sung by Ila, another song in the repertoire that’s not on the album. It’s about the man who invented the black box because “his dad died on a plane crash/ When he was just a kid.” Which suggests another song that echoes the “prom queen in the car crash” from the original “Wayside Shrines.” In “It Won’t Ring True,” a classic Muldoon lyric feelingly sung by Chris Harford, he turns another old adage on its head (“If a promise isn’t hollow you
know it won’t ring true”), while offering the shrine of a stanza to the two legendary rockers, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper who died in a plane crash that happened after “Buddy had played the Apollo/To victorious reviews/But if a victory isn’t hollow/You know it won’t ring true.” When you think about it, wayside shrines are a rock culture fact of life. Take the anthemic album opener, which moves from playful references to all the things it “may be too late for” to the magnificent exception: rock’n’roll. The way the Shrines belt out the chorus resonates with the spirit Paul McCartney channeled when he ran out the clock on “Hey Jude” and with the energy of the moment John Lennon and George Harrison turned the amps all the way up for the first spontaneous blast that was “Revolution.” And as you listen, think about the rock and roll shrine in Central Park called Strawberry Fields, constructed in the shadow of a crime scene, and the one outside EMI studios at Abbey Road where the world comes every day to pay its respects on the long low stucco wall in front of the building (a shrine if there ever was one) where John, Paul, George and Ringo made the music that’s saved worlds of lives in the past 50 years. Now in 2013 it’s time to save some more, get the news out, open the lines, ring the bells, text Jimmy Fallon, resurrect Murray the K, because the word on the street is that the world needs to be hearing more and more and more of Wayside Shrines.
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Amber Forrester, daughter of the Hon. & Mrs. Lee Forrester of Hopewell, to Patrick McPeak, son of Ms. Isabella McPeak of Seattle, Washington and Mr. & Mrs. Glenn McPeak of Sarasota, Florida. The couple was married on September 22nd at Perfect Harmony Farm in Hopewell, N.J., home of the bride’s parents. The bride’s father, a Superior
Court Judge, married the couple under a lantern-strung tree, while guests sat on hay bales covered in pale yellow cotton gingham. The bride is a graduate of Peddie School in Hightstown and William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia as well as Rutgers Law School. The groom is a graduate of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee and graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
After years of hearing about one another, the couple finally met through a mutual friend at Yankee Stadium and began dating shortly thereafter. From the intimate rehearsal dinner at Unionville Vineyards to the lavish spread provided by Main Street Catering, guests were treated to culinary delights while dancing to the music of the band, True Blue, until Lombardi Pizza Co. arrived to provide a midnight snack and a slice for the road home.
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lady suffers from a headache, the female physician is called in, and prescribes a new bonnet. . . prescriptions will be made up of new dresses. . . boxes at the opera. . . a party now and then, increased allowances for housekeeping, trips out of town, and the thousand and one other little whims which ladies are constantly ‘dying’ to be indulged in.
While disdainful predictions greeted the mere idea of training women as physicians in 1854, women doctors today are a mainstay of the profession. Thanks to changes in legislation (and public perception), significant numbers of women began to be trained as doctors during the first half of the twentieth century. More recently, the publication, fifty years ago, of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, “the book that pulled the trigger on history,” according to Future Schock author Alvin Toffler, is believed by many to have been a catalyst for the second wave of feminism in this country. Statistics suggest that women doctors (and lawyers, among other professions) still earn less than their male counterparts, and the push-pull dynamic of careers versus family life is more topical than ever (see “The Call of the Child: Why Anne-Marie Slaughter Came Home,” Princeton Magazine, October 2012 ). Four area women who are doctors recently commented on the joys and challenges in their lives. “Reach for the stars, but have a realistic expectation on the outcome,” 33-year old Shira Goldberg tells young women who aspire to be doctors. “You can successfully advance your career and have a family life at the same time, but you need to employ the art of compromise. It is at times difficult to be the ‘super mom’ and the ‘super doc,’ but it is feasible.” For Goldberg, family life includes a husband and two young children under the age of five. Professionally, she is affiliated with St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, where she specializes in geriatric medicine. “Geriatrics and Palliative Care has a different focus than most other primary care specialties,” Goldberg notes “We focus on quality of life rather than quantity. With every patient encounter, my ultimate goal is to maintain function for as long as it is feasible.” Goldberg and her colleagues in geriatrics also often find themselves customizing a patient’s treatment plan to incorporate the values and preferences
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of the patient and the family. “As a geriatrician, I deal with chronic health management,” Goldberg says. Patricia N. Whitley-Williams has been practicing pediatric medicine for thirty years. Today, she wears several hats as Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and as Physician-in-Chief of The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. While she reports that she was always “fascinated with microbes” and their “potential to destroy large species,” she also talks about the nurturing aspect of her work. “I chose the field of pediatrics because I believe that a child
who is nurtured from an early age (or even prenatally) has the best chance of achieving a meaningful life and career and achieving or surpassing their goals,” she observes. “Pediatricians play an important role in not only directly providing health care but also leading the way in disease prevention and advocacy for children and their families.” Mitra Assadi is Director of Headache Medicine at the new Headache Center at the Institute for Nerosciences at Capital Health, where she also serves as director of Pediatric Neurology. The 48-year-old says that she “chose neurology, and specifically headache medicine and pediatric neurology, because I found them intellectually challenging. The nervous system is the most sophisticated system in the body. “A systematic and analytical approach,
“Due to my schedule, I am sometimes able to switch things around to make my children’s events whether they occur during school or after school,” – Alicia Brennan Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Pediatric Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
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which is how I like to approach things, is often needed to diagnose and treat patients dealing with neurological problems. When treating patients with headaches,” Assadi notes, “you have to go through a very thorough evaluation process because there are more than 200 different types of headaches, and people respond differently to the various treatment approaches we offer.” Assadi’s only child, a daughter, is pursuing a career in genetics, and that is probably not a coincidence. “I told my daughter to get involved in research early on so that she could develop the skills she would need,” reports Assadi. “As a result, she worked in a stem cell lab in tenth grade and did clinical research in eleventh, and was well prepared when she went away to college. It’s never too early to get involved.”
“Reach for the stars, but have a realistic expectation on the outcome,” – Shira Goldberg St. Peter’s Hospital, New Brunswick, specializes in geriatric medicine
Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Pediatric Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Alicia Brennan, 44, has three daughters, ages 8, 13, and 15, and is Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Pediatric Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. She believes that medicine is a “great” career for women. “There are so many aspects to medicine that it is possible for each individual to ﬁnd what works for them. You can be a good doctor and still balance a career and family.” Family considerations are not the only thing that come into play in choosing medicine, Brennan suggests, advising young women “not to rush to go to medical school right after college. Consider taking a year to travel or do something enjoyable as it is another four long years of school after college. One more year does not make a huge difference and there are many sacriﬁces that you make when you are in medical school. You will never get that time back.” HURDLES Medical school experiences for the doctors, three of whom attended Johns Hopkins Medical School, were somewhat varied. “The obstacles stemmed from being enrolled in one of the ﬁnest medical schools in the country located in Baltimore, a southern city which had recently integrated its hospital wards in the 1960s and was one of the last three medical schools in the couth to admit black students – the ﬁrst in 1963,” says Whitley-Williams. “A few professors felt empowered enough to let me know that I did not belong in medical school – always verbalized in the presence of no one else. A few also felt empowered to belittle and demean black patients in front of medical students and other trainees. These may have been verbal threats but they only made me more determined to graduate from Johns Hopkins
where I received one of the ﬁnest educations.” “There was a lot of competition between the students,” Brennan says of her time at Hopkins. She notes though, that the school has since revamped the curriculum, and she has “heard that life there is much better.” Assadi concurs. “Just a few of the challenges in medical school included massive amounts of reading, very little time, intense competition among the students, and last, but not least, separating emotions from work.” For Goldberg, who went to Mt. Sinai, a major hurdle was deciding on her specialty. “I found my path by observing the behaviors and personalities of the clinicians in practice,” she reports. “I was drawn to the geriatrics and palliative care physicians as mentors whom I wanted to emulate. When I found that spark I knew I had found my calling.” As practicing physicians today, the challenges these women face include, for Whitley-Williams, ﬁnding more resources “to help and contribute to the creation of a healthcare system that is affordable and equitable and provides access to all people.” While “the art of medicine still exists,” it is now “under the constraints of a revenue generating, proﬁt-sharing business.” The new Affordable Care Act, she adds, will allow for a higher rate of reimbursing primary care that provides health promotion and disease prevention. “The challenge of a balance between resources promoting technology in medical practice and resources promoting simple public health interventions remains,” WhitleyWilliams says. “Technology promotes immediate revenues to the providers and hospitals. Prevention in the long run saves the healthcare system high costs if complications from long standing diseases over a lifetime can be avoided – a result that cannot be measured immediately.” Brennan considers herself “lucky” to be in a salaried job “that doesn’t include the stress of running a practice and dealing with insurance reimbursement issues.” Running a business can be very time-consuming, she says, she is “glad to have hours in the hospital that I am scheduled to work; When I am done, though, my clinical responsibility is turned over to one of my partners.” Returning to the theme of family, Brennan says that her “real challenges” are maintaining her family life while working full time. “Due to my schedule, I am sometimes able to switch things around to make my children’s events whether they occur during school or after school,” she reports, “Though, at least once a week I work an overnight shift in the hospital and my family misses having me home. We
“I told my daughter to get involved in research early on so that she could develop the skills she would need,” reports Assadi. “As a result, she worked in a stem cell lab in tenth grade and did clinical research in eleventh, and was well prepared when she went away to college. It’s never too early to get involved.” – Mitra Assadi Director of Headache Medicine and the new Headache Center at the Capital Institute for Nerosciences at Capital Health.
have an au pair to help with the driving and around the house, but if the kids had a choice, I would be at home all the time. I think they respect what I do but it is hard dealing with the guilt of not always being around.” The country’s aging population promises to make this an even greater challenge in the coming years, Goldberg points out. “Initially most people don’t understand why an older adult should choose a geriatrician as their primary care physician. Once they experience the coordination of care that I provide, they start to understand why my services are key for the aging population.” Older adults who are more frequently hoping to remain in their homes as they grow older and are more frail are a particular challenge. “As I strive to maintain their independence, this issue is an additional strain for both myself and the patient’s family and caregivers.” Assadi’s ﬁrst challenge is “doing my best for the patient despite pressure from the insurance companies which limit your attention/time. I sweat over every single patient I see and try to give 150 percent for each and every one.” She cites “keeping up with the cutting edge of science,” as the second most difﬁcult thing to do. “The amount of literature one has to review and comprehend is signiﬁcant, and the number of scientiﬁc journals pertinent to
neuroscience is approaching one thousand,” she reports. Doing research and contributing to the scientiﬁc community is third on Assadi’s list of priorities. “The challenge is to design scientiﬁc research that is practical and cost effective, yet attractive to your peers and also publishable. The key is to build strong collaborations.” LOOKING BACK In retrospect, Whitley-Williams says that she would not change anything, although a stint at the Centers for Disease Control Epidemiologic Service “would have added a dimension to my training.” Assadi regrets being less-than-assertive at the beginning of her career. “At my ﬁrst job, I was easily intimidated in part because I was so young and inexperienced,” she observes. “I was also self conscious because English was not my ﬁrst language.” Although she wishes she’d shown “more conﬁdence” when she started out, Assadi does not believe in steamrolling one’s way to the top. “Women who recognize their natural ability to nurture others (younger workers in particular) and possess a gentle yet decisive touch (which can be very persuasive) can provide exceptional leadership,” she says. “I don’t think that one needs to be aggressive to be a good leader.”
What’s in a name? A lot, according to Brennan, who decided to keep her maiden name when she got married. “I did that because my father passed away while I was in medical school and I felt it was a tribute to him.” Having children made Brennan rethink that choice. “My children have a different last name than me and sometimes people don’t make the association,” she says wistfully. Maiden name or not, Brennan vows that she would “deﬁnitely” go to medical school again and would “never want to be anything other than a physician. I think I have the best job, and it shows in the passion I give to my work. I hope my children pick a career where they are able to go to work with a smile on their face every day.” Given the chance, Goldberg would not do many things differently, either. “All of the experiences throughout my training and clinical practice molded me to be the physician I am today,” she says. “Medicine is a wonderful profession which continues to have an impact on peoples’ lives,” concludes WhitleyWilliams. “It also needs to continue replacing its ranks with bright, creative, innovative and compassionate people who are committed to make a difference in a human life.”
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Cars from carnival rides were catapulted miles down the beach by the storm, and approximately two-dozen oceanfront houses in Mantoloking were destroyed. Long Beach Island was among the hardest hit communities. The Jet Star roller coaster plunged off an amusement pier, becoming the iconic image of Superstorm Sandy once the recovery effort got underway. As Bruce Springsteen joined forces, his lyrics seemed more fitting than ever: “Everything dies baby that’s a fact, but maybe everything that dies some day comes back.”
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In March, walking along the beaches of Asbury Park, Belmar and Ocean Grove, we expected to see houses with dumpsters and piles of debris out front, but much of the cleanup had already been accomplished. We walked along the boardwalk at Asbury Park, where architectural relics have been in ruins since before Sandy came to
town. The carousel moved out of its ornate Victorian house in 1990 (it’s now in Myrtle Beach), and the tall brick building next to it—a former steam power plant— is being eyed by developers. “They want to turn it into a restaurant or retail or a combination of the two,” says Asbury Park Press Editorial Page Editor Randy Bergmann. “The redevelopment plans in Asbury Park have failed twice—first in the 1980s, and again in the last four or five years, both due to economic downturns.” Many of the dilapidated buildings were abandoned long ago. The decline began with the riots in Asbury Park in 1970, then amusement areas slowly deteriorated, and the Palace Amusements complex was closed in 1988. Despite attempts to save it, it was demolished in 2004. “Some good things have happened on the beachfront, and if the economy ever fully bounces back, it should be totally transformed,” continues Bergmann. “The property is too valuable for it to lay fallow.”
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n the middle of February, the storm-ravaged Shore started to beckon. Winter has always been our favorite time at the beach. Without the crowds, you can see the bones – the Victorian architecture, the pocket parks with gazebos and waterways, the crumbling old arcade buildings and amusement parks that hark back to bygone eras. Ever since the Lenni Lenape fished and farmed here, the 127 miles from Sandy Hook to Cape May has experienced good times and bad. Many businesses were just recovering from the recession when Sandy hit last fall, washing portions of the beach onto roadways. We watched on TV as Belmar’s boardwalk was destroyed, along with Perth Amboy's marina and waterfront. Spring Lake, which already rebuilt its boardwalk after Hurricane Irene, would have to rebuild again. Much of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights and nearby Funtown Pier in Seaside Park collapsed into the ocean.
fishing pier at Ocean Avenue in Belmar. ride at Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk.
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Atlantic City, 2012 (left). Rebuilding boardwalk in Seaside Heights, March 2013 (top right). Ocean walkway in Long Branch (bottom right).
Asbury Park’s downtown has enjoyed a renaissance. Cubacan, an upscale restaurant on the boardwalk serving “modern Cuban cuisine and contemporary Latin ambience,” suffered storm damage, but has been completely rebuilt with the same décor, although the boardwalk at that end of town was still undergoing reconstruction in March. Ann Summer and Mark Feigenson, Princeton residents who summer in Belmar, had recently remodeled their house, only to have to do it all again after Sandy washed a foot of the Atlantic Ocean inside. Now their air conditioning unit has been raised and the heater moved to the top floor. “The most amazing thing about the recovery is the resilience and positive spirit of the people who have experienced damage from Hurricane Sandy,” said Summer. “The people I know were so touched by the tremendous outpouring of concern and support. Sandy brought people together in a spirit of renewal and a sense that we could pull together to bring back the Jersey Shore.”
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UNDER THE BOARDWALK
Reconstruction of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights commenced mid February and marked the beginning of a $3.6 million contract to rebuild the mile-long boardwalk. With construction six days a week, up to 12 hours a day, Mayor William Akers predicted a May 10 completion. Railings, lighting and ramps will be part of a second contract that has yet to be awarded. The project is also likely to include a protective seawall, with a cost of $6 to $7 million. The privately owned roller coaster and debris are expected to be removed from the water by Memorial Day for safe swimming, according to Danielle Gries and Nicole Skala, Seaside Heights Business Improvement District. They anticipate 90 percent of businesses to be up and running. Casino Beach Pier will add three new rides to the amusement pier. Belmar’s new boardwalk—made of an eco-friendly composite—was expected to cost $8 million and to reopen before Memorial Day. It is being built on deeper piers to better withstand the next storm—and no one doubts there will be a next storm.
Some towns, such as Lavallette, expect to have their boardwalks restored but not all amenities will be available. Others, such as Long Branch and Toms River, are expected to have only portions of their beachfronts restored. Beaches are 30 to 40 percent narrower than before the storm, according to a study by Stockton College’s Coastal Resource Center. Dunes built up on discarded Christmas trees have also compromised some of the beach. Even those who eschew the Shore as a land of cotton candy, cheese steak, kitschy culture and carnival rides will have a renewed interest in witnessing the comeback.
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March winds were blowing when Ocean Grove offered its annual Chocolate Lovers Weekend. Parking was just as difficult to find as in summer, and restaurants were packed. We waited in line for lattes at the Barbaric Bean. Chocolate Lovers were invited to visit Victorian B&Bs and inns, tour the rooms,
and sample chocolate kisses and hot cocoa. There was a treasure hunt through area retail establishments, and restaurants offered special chocolate desserts. The Ocean Grove boardwalk, destroyed in the storm, did not qualify for federal aid because the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, considered a private nonprofit organization, owns it. At press time it was being contested – the $3 million repair could bankrupt the OGCMA, and officials maintain the Ocean Grove boardwalk serves as an essential public thoroughfare connecting Bradley Beach and Asbury Park. The Ocean Grove Historical Society offers walking tours that help to tell the story of this community, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and founded in 1869. With its Victorian architecture, it remains the largest camp meeting in the U.S. The Great Auditorium, built in 1894, houses the 105-year-old Hope Jones pipe organ. The Auditorium suffered roof and other damage from the storm, but is planning its summer concert series. It is also used for worship services, organ recitals, lectures, concerts. The wood structure has numerous barn-door entrances with colored glass, dormers, and panels that open for ventilation. In March, we saw the wood structures that become the highly decorated tent colony beginning each May. Dating back to 1869, the tents once numbered 660; only 114 remain today. The permanent structures contain the kitchens and bathrooms, and tenants who have leased from the church for generations store their tents in the sheds over winter. Members of the Methodist Church re-erect them each spring to create fully furnished living rooms, planting pots of flowers along walkways. The Historical Society of Ocean Grove offers guided walking tours beginning June 19 on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1PM, Saturdays at 11AM. The 45th annual house tour will be July 19; Founders’ Day Tent Tour, July 30. www.oceangrovehistory.org.
CALL OF THE WILD
As we humans flock back to the Jersey Shore, what about the birds? Will they return? “A lot of their habitat has been disrupted,” says Pete Bacinski of the New Jersey Audubon Society, who is program director with All Things Birds. “Common coastal nesting birds, such as terns, gulls, herons and egrets, come back to the same trees on an annual basis, but they will have to find new trees if those they made
their colonies in are gone. “Migrating birds who feed on horseshoe crab eggs may be affected, if the beach has been eroded and there is no nesting area for the crabs, which have been in decline,” he continues. New Jersey is a major migration corridor for neotropical birds, who winter in Central and South America, such as vireos, warblers and flycatchers. They stop along the shore for food and may even nest in New Jersey. “Sandy Hook is a critical area, but the water areas have been impacted,” says Bacinski. “There’s no guarantee.” For those interested in observing birds, he recommends Sandy Hook, Island Beach State Park, Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Brigantine) and Cape May Point. www.njaudubon.com.
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME
The Visit Monmouth County website has set out to assure everyone the Jersey Shore is open for business, with more than 50 miles of ocean and bay beaches, historic sites, working lighthouses, picturesque towns, horse racing, deep sea fishing, parks and golf courses, live theater and music, dining places to spend the night. There are wineries and seafood festivals, jazz festivals and county fairs. www.visitmonmouth.com Ocean Fun Days, June 8 and 9, is a celebration of the New Jersey coast held at Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook with kids’ activities 11AM-3PM. Free admission, free parking. Superstorm Sandy is the theme for this year’s Ocean Fun Day Science Fair scheduled for June 8 at Island Beach State Park and June 9 for Sandy Hook. Exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities about the coastal environment. www.njseagrant.org/ about-ocean-fun-days. Charter Sails in Port Monmouth survived the storm with little damage to its vessels, but the marinas were damaged. Private, captained charters for 1 to 127 are available, with views of the Statue of Liberty, Sandy Hook and lower New York bays. Captain Frank will move Prime Time, a Catalina 34 that accommodates up to six guests, to Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina in spring, but Sandy Hook Bay Marina is scheduled to re-open. www.charter-sails.com. River Belle Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises kicks off its 2013 season on Mother’s Day. According to its website: “Cruise along the beautiful, calm inland waters of the Manasquan River, Point Pleasant Canal and Barnegat Bay while enjoying lunch, brunch or dinner. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the river and bay
while learning about the historical sites and points of interest that dot the shores.” There is also a pizza and fireworks cruise, as well as a murder mystery cruise. www.riverboattour.com Even with pristine beaches and soundly built boardwalks, there will be rainy days—a perfect time to hit the Silver Ball Museum in Asbury Park, where 200 pinball machines await your flipper fingers. All games are free with paid admission. www.silverballmuseum.com. At Belmar Parasail, you can view the beach from a new perspective, waving to your friends down below. Parasailing combines parachuting, ballooning, sailing and gliding all in one ride. Take off from the back of a 31-foot parasail boat flight deck and choose just how much of a dip in the ocean you’d like to take. Belmar Parasail’s website says its crew is “certified drug-free and has flown folks of all ages safely.” Good to know. www.belmarparasail.com. What would summer be without the plastic mountains, bridges, waterways and green carpeting of miniature golf? Bradley Beach Miniature Golf was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, but at press time, Harris Miniature Golf was expected to rebuild it. Boardwalk at McCabe Avenue, Bradley Beach. 732.776.2999. Many boardwalks permit cycling off season or after 8PM and before 8AM. But if you’d like to cycle when the sun is hot on your back, there are rides of varying lengths on trails created by the Rails to Trails Conservancy. The Barnegat Branch Trail connects South Toms River to Barnegat and is 14 miles of flat trail suitable for cyclists, wheelchairs or walkers. www.newjerseyshore.com/bike-trails.shtml What better way to explore the coastline, at your own leisure, than in a sea kayak? The Jersey Shore Sea Kayak Association, comprised of 400 paddlers who share a passion for kayaking, organizes paddling trips it posts on an on-line message board. www.jsska.org. The Stone Pony, where The Boss, Bon Jovi, and South Side Johnny and the Asbury Park Dukes got their start, suffered minor repercussions from the storm – large debris blew up onto its flat roof – but it wasn’t long after power was restored that it was up and running. www.stoneponyonline.com. There’s still work to be done on the recovery. Coastal Habitat for Humanity in Spring Lake Heights is seeking volunteers to help rebuild communities for those in need of housing. www.coastalhabitat.org. MAY 2013 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
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Peddie Golf Club in Hightstown this year introduced new family membership plans that combine golf, fitness, swimming and more. The memberships, which are open to anyone, are available for individuals and families and offer first-year discounts. Memberships include access to the Peddie Golf Course, the world-class fitness center, unlimited use of the school pool during open lap times and use of the tennis facility.
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In addition, family memberships include a choice of three free sessions of summer sports camps or swim lessons. Peddie’s beautifully-maintained, 18-hole, par-72 course challenges golfers at every skill level. When not on the links, members can visit with our pros or work on their swing on the range or practice facility. Our comfortable clubhouse offers a place to enjoy time with friends and family or relax with a bite and a drink. More information is available at www.peddie.org/golf or by calling 609-944-7570.
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Forsgate Country Club, voted New Jersey’s “No. 1 Family Club” (Golfstyles NJ), is springing into the golf season with a variety of opportunities for membership and a jam-packed calendar of events for members of all ages. With 36 holes of award-winning golf, an expansive clubhouse that boasts casual and fine dining venues and banquet facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness center and aquatics facility, and the most courteous staff in the Garden State, Forsgate is the area’s best private club value.
For a limited time, Forsgate has introduced the “Palmer Membership,” a new opportunity for golfers to play the tree-lined fairways of club’s 18-hole Palmer Course. The Palmer Course also features “family tees” on the front nine holes of the course, making golf a sport that the entire family can enjoy. For more information on membership at Forsgate Country Club, please call 732-521-0070 extension 1133, visit www.forsgatecc.com or the club’s Facebook page.
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Every town has its monuments. All over America there are buildings, parks, and streets named to honor citizens who are most often deceased, and were most likely wealthy and generous during their lifetimes. Princeton follows this pattern in many respects.
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PAINTING OF ANDREW CARNEGIE AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY. ARTIST UNKNOWN. WIKIPEDIA.
Consider Lake Carnegie, Palmer Square, the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, the Sands Library, and Marquand Park, a few of the sites that bear the names of especially prosperous citizens. But not every inﬂuential resident remembered by a downtown square or rural meadow is honored for having deep pockets. Some, like Albert Hinds, are commemorated for their community service. There are names in the “household” category, such as Woodrow Wilson (the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University), and Albert Einstein (a bust in front of the former Borough Hall, the organization Einstein’s Alley, and the street known as Einstein Drive). Others are less familiar. If you have ever wondered about the personalities behind the names of sites in and around town, read on.
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A concert series at the Institute for Advanced Study and a grove at the D&R Greenway bear the name of this esteemed music scholar, pianist, and composer, who was a member of the Princeton University faculty from 1946 to 1985. An alumnus of the university, Cone died in 2004 at the age of 87. He spent his entire professional career at Princeton, from which he graduated in 1939. Cone’s Musical Form and Musical Performance and The Composer’s Voice are regarded by many as two of the
Edward T. Cone twentieth century’s most inﬂuential books on Western music. His many compositions include a symphony and works for piano, voice, chorus, and chamber ensembles. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra commissioned his work, Elegy, in 1954. Cone was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947.
In addition to establishing the Edward T. Cone Foundation, Cone left a substantial portion of his estate to Princeton University. He had strong ties as well to the Institute of Advanced Study, which established the concert series in his name in 2007. Albert Hinds One of the liveliest spots in Princeton is Hinds Plaza outside the Princeton Public Library. The square is named for Albert Hinds, who lived to the age of 104 and was known as one of the town’s most devoted public servants. Hinds was born at home in 1902, at the corner of Witherspoon and Quarry Streets in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. An African-American, he went to Quarry Street and Witherspoon Elementary schools, both of which were segregated. He graduated from Princeton High School, where he was a star end on the football team. Hinds’s jobs during his youth give a vivid picture of life in small-town Princeton. He helped pave Nassau Street when it was converted from a dirt road, around 1919. He worked at a livery stable, drove a horse-drawn carriage to Princeton Junction to pick up passengers on the “owl” train, delivered milk, worked in a butcher shop, laid bricks, and took care of the furnace at the Princeton Public Library when it was located in Bainbridge House, now home to the Historical Society of Princeton. Hinds moved to New Orleans for a time, and he graduated from Talladega Unviersity. After coming home to Princeton, he taught at the YMCA, worked in Trenton at a USO program, and then served on the Princeton Borough Zoning Board. His walking tours and lectures about the Witherspoon neighborhood were well known to locals and visitors. At the Princeton Senior Resource Center, he was a regular at bridge every Tuesday. He died in 2006. George and Estelle Sands It is no accident that the graves of George and Estelle Sands at Princeton Cemetery face the Princeton Public Library. The couple were major contributors when the library was rebuilt on its old footprint at the corner of Witherspoon and Wiggins streets. In fact, the main building is known as the Sands Library. George Hilton Sands was 82 when he died in 2007, preceding his wife by two
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George and Estelle Sands years. The two met when George was at Princeton University for an ofﬁcer’s training program during World War II. He graduated from Rider College with an accounting degree and opened his own ofﬁce in Princeton. But he soon discovered that real estate was his passion, and founded Hilton Realty Company, a real estate investment ﬁrm. The couple established the George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation, which was a signiﬁcant contributor not only to the library, but also to the Medical Center at Princeton, the Arts Council of Princeton, and several other local and out-of-town organizations. Allan Marquand Marquand Park, the picturesque patch of green bordering Stockton Street and Lovers Lane, is a tribute to Allan Marquand, an art historian at Princeton University and a curator of the Princeton University Art Museum. Born in 1853, Marquand taught Latin and logic at Princeton, and built a mechanical logical machine that still exists. In 1887, he outlined a machine to do logic using electric circuits, which necessitated his development of “Marquand diagrams.” But his approach to teaching logic was deemed “unorthodox and unCalvinistic” by the president of Princeton at the time, James McCosh. So he was offered a position teaching art history, which he held until his death in 1924. Marquand acquired the property that MARCH 2013 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
William Scheide This soon-to-be centenarian is the namesake of the Scheide Library housed at Princeton University’s Firestone Library. The famous collection is home to such treasures as the ﬁrst four printed editions of the Bible, ﬁrst edition works by Dante and Milton, and a handwritten copy of a pre-Civil War speech by Abraham Lincoln. Scheide is also known for an annual concert series in his name that celebrates his birthday and beneﬁts cultural institutions in the community. His vast inheritance came from Standard Oil, where his father and grandfather made their fortunes. Both of those men collected books and funded libraries and schools, so Scheide comes naturally to his interests and generosity. The 99-year-old philanthropist is passionate about music. He founded the Bach Aria Group and directed it for 34
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Barbara Smoyer An advocate for recreation and open space, Barbara Smoyer is remembered with a park in her name on Herrontown Road. Smoyer served on Township Committee from 1972 to 1974, and in 1990 chaired its Ad Hoc Tusculum Use Committee, which was focused on the historic Tusculum property just outside of town. The park in her name was opened in 2001. Smoyer, who died in 1996, would likely have been proud when the Princeton Recreation Department and the Township received an “Excellence in Design” award from the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association for the design of Barbara Smoyer Park.
The famous industrialist provided the ﬁnancing for Lake Carnegie, home to Princeton University’s crew teams. As the story goes, two brothers from the class of 1876 implored Carnegie to create a rowing venue for undergraduates when the Delaware & Raritan Canal proved unsatisfactory for the sport. A dam across the Millstone River resulted in this threemile long body of water in 1906. Since then, the lake has become a popular spot not only for rowers, but for skaters as well.
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The gardens and playground at Hamilton Street and Walnut Lane are named after one of Princeton’s most beloved public servants. Mayor of the Borough from 1983 to 1990, Barbara Sigmund died at 51. The cause was a type of cancer that caused her to wear an eyepatch, which she incorporated into her wardrobe with savvy and style. The daughter of U.S. Representative Hale Boggs and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, sister of journalist Cokie Roberts, and wife of Princeton professor Paul Sigmund, she worked as a letter-writer for John F. Kennedy and served as a Mercer County freeholder before being elected mayor. Sigmund also founded Womanspace, the Mercer County organization that serves women in crisis.
Edgar Palmer A municipal square was the dream of Edgar Palmer, an heir to the New Jersey Zinc Company who graduated from Princeton in 1903. Also the namesake for Palmer Stadium and Palmer House on the campus, Palmer announced his plans to build the Colonial Revival style square in 1929. But the Depression intervened, and it took seven years to complete the ambitious project. The project involved the removal of Birch Street and its houses, the center of Princeton’s original African-American neighborhood, which were relocated to Birch Avenue.
Charles H. Rogers A 1909 graduate of Princeton who was curator of the Princeton University Museum of Zoology, Charles H. Rogers was known by his fellow alumni as “dean of the birdwatchers,” Rogers was the inspiration for the Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge in the Institute Woods. The Princeton Environmental Commission acquired the land in 1968 and originally
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became the park in 1885. In 1953, 17 acres were given to the Borough of Princeton by his heirs. Open space, woodlands, forest glades, and more than 200 tagged species can be found in the park, along with a ball ﬁeld, picnic area and playground.
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called it the Princeton Wildlife Refuge. Since Rogers, who died in 1977, was instrumental in establishing the sanctuary, it was renamed in his memory.
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years. Committed to Civil Rights, he was a primary funder of the case that desegregated U.S. public schools, Brown vs. the Board of Education. Scheide and his wife Judith are contributors to numerous local institutions, from the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation to Centurion Ministries, to name a few.
Lake Carnegie Palmer was involved in real estate, railroads, insurance, and public utilities. He was also a well-known yachtsman who commissioned and sailed the three-masted schooner Guinevere, which he gave to the U.S. Navy during World War I. After the war, he built a second Guinevere, with the ﬁrst system of diesel-powered electric engines, providing unprecedented maneuvering abilities. He donated that ship to the Navy when the U.S. entered World War II.
This man donated the original fourand-a-half acres on which Nassau Hall, the original building of Princeton University (then the College of New Jersey), was constructed. In 1898, his great-grandson Augustus Van Wickle left $45,000 for a memorial to him, which was FitzRandoph Gate, the elegant, wrought-iron doors across from Witherspoon and Nassau Streets. Witherspoon Street, Nassau Street, and more...
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The list of Princeton roadways named for University alumni, professors, and students is long and varied. There are streets named for town fathers, like Witherspoon Street (John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence), and Nassau Street (said to be named after King William III, Prince William of Orange of the House of Nassau). “We (heart) Princeton: Stories from the Street,” an exhibit on view at the Historical Society of Princeton’s Bainbridge House, is an interactive look at just this topic. Visit www.princetonhistory.org for more information. MARCH 2013 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
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DESIGNED FOR LIVING A Frank Lloyd Wright Gem in New Jersey
It’s no bigger than the average ranch house, but there is nothing average about the home of architects Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino on the Millstone River just miles downstream from Princeton’s Lake Carnegie. From the street, nothing prepares you for what is revealed once you pass through the unprepossessing and narrow hallway—the glorious heart of the house, the living room; Frank Lloyd Wright gives new meaning to the phrase. This is a home designed for living.
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The Bachman Wilson House viewed from the south shows Frank Lloyd Wright’s characteristic mix of concrete, wood, and glass.
wenty-five years ago, when Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino were living in a carriage house on Cleveland Lane and working out of a studio on Witherspoon Street, they bought their first home, a Frank Lloyd Wright house they’d been eyeing for years. It’s the sole Wright house in central New Jersey; one of only four in the entire state, and 270 in the nation. “We’d passed it often and one day we met the owner. He wasn’t very friendly at first but when he learned that we were architects and could give him advice, he was more forthcoming.” The house had been neglected: rented out to students from time to time; the roof was leaking, furniture original to the house and integral to its design had been removed or lost to flooding; firewood was piled so high under the stairs there was no hint of a floating staircase. But the masonry, mahogany, and concrete were fine and there were some of the original fixtures. Several years passed before the owner was interested in selling. When the Tarantino’s eventually acquired
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the home of their dreams in 1988, they knew what they had to do. A remarkable house had found remarkable champions. First, they lined up buckets under the leaks, for which Frank Lloyd Wright’s flat roofs have become notorious. Then they set to work removing layers of paint from the interior woodwork to reveal the rich brown Philippines Mahogany that would be rare, if not impossible, to come by today. Referring to the master architect’s original designs, they researched details like the exact color of red pigment used on the concrete flooring, they rebuilt the kitchen and rebuilt and restored the furnishings with 1950s era fabrics. It took almost a decade to bring the house back and the Tarantinos received a restoration award from the American Institute of Architects for their effort. “It truly has been a labor of love,” says Lawrence, gazing around the large central living room and beyond at an expanse of natural scenery.
THE BACHMAN WILSON HOUSE The house is known as the Bachman
Wilson House, for the couple who commissioned it: Gloria Bachman and her husband Abraham Wilson, a chemist for the New Jersey-based company Cyanamid. Gloria’s brother Marvin Bachman was one of Wright’s apprentices and the couple had become enthusiastic about Wright’s architectural philosophy. In 1951, Marvin Bachman was killed in an automobile accident while working for the architect in Tennessee. The couple’s new home was intended to pay tribute to his memory. As was usual, Wright asked for the couple’s wish list and a plan of the site, a 125 foot by 650 foot lot along the Millstone River, about 12 miles downstream from Princeton. The house was completed in 1955 for $60,000, or $500,000 in today’s value. After parting from her husband, Gloria lived there with her daughter until 1968. So constructed that no neighboring building intrudes onto the changing panorama of seasons that are seen from the southeast facing living room, the house suggests a feeling of harmony with Nature (with a capital N as Wright would
Wright’s “Usonian” style makes stunning use of floor-to-ceiling windows, privacy wall, built-ins and low rectilinear lines.
have it). Living in it is easy. There’s passive solar heat gain in winter and shade in summer. The Tarantinos have lived here longer than anyone else.
USONIAN PHILOSOPHY This is Frank Lloyd Wright made accessible. It’s no Fallingwater, the National Historic Landmark Wright built over a waterfall for the Kaufmann family, owners of the Pittsburgh department store, or Taliesin, the summer home he constructed in Wisconsin, but it has elements of both. It’s a late version of Wright’s “Usonian” style for simplified and moderately-priced homes created during the Great Depression years and intended for modern life rather than life on a grand scale with servants taking back stairs to basement kitchens. To maximize private and minimize public space and keep costs down, there is no attic, a carport instead of a garage, no basement, no ‘trim,’ concrete block construction, under-floor heat instead of radiators, built-ins and open bookshelves instead of furniture, unpainted wood, concrete
floors, no plaster, no gutters or downspouts. “Wright redistributed the money in the building, inventing the carport and paring back to the bone,” comments Lawrence. And yet there is abundant evidence of Wright’s influential Prairie style here. There’s no mistaking the touch of the man considered to be the “greatest American architect of all time,” the daring modernist who gave the nation some of its most admired buildings. If Usonian homes are formulaic in principal, the always professional Wright attended to the specific needs of the individual homeowners. The “Usonian” name, incidentally, is attributed to British novelist Samuel Butler, who coined the term “Usonia” in reference to the United States. The design was intended to reflect American and democratic values with an open plan for the liberated housewife. Between the mid 1930s and Wright’s death in 1959, almost a hundred Usonian homes were built. Living in such a house “wherein everything is genuine and harmonious,” wrote Wright, would give a sense of
freedom, “a new sense of life.” The Usonian house is “integral to its site; integral to its environment; and integral to the life of the inhabitants,” he wrote, in The Natural House. The homeowners agree. “The more time you spend in the house, the more you appreciate how well the design works; this is one of Wright’s moments of simplicity and clarity,” says Lawrence. “One doesn’t just live in a Wright home; one subscribes to a philosophy of living.”
BECOMING WRIGHT EXPERTS When they bought the house, the Tarantinos knew that it had been flooded during a major storm in the 1970s. They figured that one storm in over 30 years was something they could live with. But more recently, after development upstream has raised the water table and storms like Irene, Floyd, and Sandy have become increasingly frequent, the Tarantinos have decided that the only way to save the building is to move it to higher ground. “With each storm, the flooding has been MAY 2013 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
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worse—five feet with Floyd, six with Irene—and no sign that things are likely to change for the better,” says Lawrence. The threat of future flooding is now so significant that the Bachman Wilson House was placed on Preservation New Jersey’s list of the state’s 10 most endangered historic sites in 2011. “This iconic house is unique and we need a unique solution, either an individual or an organization that would be a steward for the property, able and willing to move and save this work of art,” says Sharon. By restoring the Bachman Wilson House, the Tarantinos have become experts on Frank Lloyd Wright. They’ve shared their knowledge with other Wright homeowners via the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Lawrence is currently working on a monograph on the master architect’s signature clerestory windows. He believes that the perforated wood patterns were inspired by vent panels typically found in Japanese homes above Shoji doors. As architects, the couple has led restorations of other Frank Lloyd Wright houses such as the circa 1936 Hanna House in California, a National Historic Trust Landmark, which was damaged by an earthquake in 1989. Closer to home, they worked on the Christie House and the Richardson house, both in New Jersey. Designed in 1941 and built in 1951, the latter is a rare example of a Wright home based on a hexagon unit module. They’ve also worked with education/nonprofits such as Princeton and Rutgers universities. Among their awards are two Wright Spirit Awards from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in 2008 and 2010, a 2008 American Institute of Architects New Jersey Design Award and a preservation award from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission. What is more, they helped move an historic Wright house in Oregon and brought an 18th century barn from Vermont to use as their design studio. Given these credentials, who better placed to conceive a plan to move their own treasured home to safety. The plan involves mapping and numbering each part of the house, dismantling, wrapping, labeling, packing, crating and shipping to a new site where it would be unpacked and reassembled. They estimate that the entire process would cost a buyer $950,000 for the house and furnishings, including all house-related drawings by Wright, archives, blueprints, and decorative elements, and a further $550,000 for the piece by piece move.
Just think of it: a Frank Lloyd Wright house for $1.5 million. Of course you’d have to have a suitable lot to put it on and cover the cost of reconstruction at its new location, which at this point is difficult to estimate. Not any old lot will do. “The house needs a site that maintains both its aesthetic and functional design,” Sharon says. “We want to find a steward, someone with a passion for Frank Lloyd Wright; it has to be the right combination of site and individual or institution to move the building and support it into the future.” The Tarantinos would like to see the building opened to the public, as they do on occasion. Ideally, the homeowners would prefer to keep the house in New Jersey, in a location similar to the present one.
Architecture is life -Frank Lloyd Wright
Since Wright visited Princeton on at least two occasions to lecture at the University and designed a home in Princeton that was never built, Lawrence harbors a secret hope that the building might end up there. “It’s part of the state’s history,” he says. “Wright was living in the Plaza Hotel and working on the Guggenheim Museum when he was asked to design this house, so it was produced during his final and most fruitful period; not only does it shows elements from earlier periods, it also sheds light on his work on the Guggenheim—what ideas he had brewing.” Frank Lloyd Wright lived to be 91, a larger-than-life figure, producing almost 500 buildings during his seventy-five-year career. More than 50 of these are open to the public today, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. Others have been lost to neglect or disaster. Some have found champions like the Tarantinos. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, founded in 1989, has helped to save others, like the earthquakedamaged Ennis House in Los Angeles.
A PRIVATE TOUR Sharon Tarantino meets me at the side of the former hay barn that serves as the couple’s studio on River Road. A mix of traditional and high-tech, the studio boasts a steel roof and geo thermal heat. A solar panel charges the couple’s Chevy Volt. The Bachman Wilson House sits further back from the road, about 100 feet from the studio, its positioning carefully chosen to maximize the view from the living room. Constructed of concrete blocks that form a privacy wall opposite floor-to- ceiling windows, it has low, rectilinear lines, a two-story open floor plan, passive solar glass walls, and a radiant heated floor that invites you to take off your shoes. There are two bed-rooms, a guest or study room, a workshop and two exterior and one interior balcony, and one and a half bathrooms. The living space of some 1,800 square feet (1,240-square-foot at ground level plus a 560-square-foot mezzanine) is increased to over 3,000 when you take into account the concrete terrace and carport and the balconies off both bedrooms. The house holds its thunder until you are right inside. The architect often repeated this tantalizing moment of drama in which a compressed space prepares you for the expanse that is to come. It never fails to impress. The living room’s horizontal planes extend the line of sight into the outdoors. The effect is light and airy. One wall is lined with seating that conceals built-in storage and faces a glass wall looking out onto an unimpeded view of nature. “This house is part of us,” says Sharon. “We’ve lived here for 25 years. It’s an inspiring and fulfilling experience and we are glad to share it with others.” The bedrooms are like cabins aboard a ship, clad in wood and with balconies. “Wright always expanded his spaces from indoors to outdoors,” says Sharon, with the ease of a tour guide. She has done this many times and clearly relishes the opportunity to show off the house. When Lawrence joins us the couple reveals a personal history that is entwined with the house. He was drawn to architecture around the age of ten when his parents started building a house. Once, he was given a book on Fallingwater by the librarian at the local library because he was the only one who ever looked at it, she told him. Lawrence’s father was a jazz musician. Both of Sharon’s parents were lawyers. They grew up in Somerville and graduated from Bound Brook High School MAY 2013 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
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Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino in the home they’ve shared for 25 years.
in the late 1960s. Sharon went to the Rhode Island School of Design while Lawrence studied architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina. They married in 1971 and set off to study architecture in Genoa, Italy and then to work in Philadelphia. Since they are part of a large Italian family, their home has seen its fair share of gatherings: winter parties before the open log fire, summers when the doors are thrown wide. Occasionally they’ve hosted fundraisers for the likes of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Historical Society of Princeton and the Arts Council of Princeton and they’ve rented it out for photo shoots from time to time but not for weddings. “We try to keep it accessible but we are not open to the public at all times,” says Sharon. “A degree of flexibility is required of those who live in a Frank Lloyd Wright structure,” says Lawrence, “you are living
with art, after all.” Lawrence started practicing in Princeton in the early 1980s and worked with a variety of firms and individuals focusing on historic preservation. Sharon worked as a textile artist and was engaged by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ education program. Eventually they formed Tarantino Architects, designing interiors for retail businesses as well as children’s furniture made of soft flexible material. “We want to save this house and since we started looking about two years ago there has been interest but the right opportunity has not yet come along,” says Sharon. “Other people’s homes feel claustrophobic to us,” she continues. “We’ve lived Wright’s design principles. Take the privacy wall, for example, you might have a cerebral understanding of the intention of the design but living with it gives you a real appreciation of just how
well it functions. The long wall of built-in seating is another example. It allows you to view the space differently. The house offers a great deal of freedom. It supports life. It works.” Lawrence is nodding. “Yes,” he says. “It may give the appearance of simplicity but it’s quite complex.” A framed photograph of Wright, displayed on an upstairs wall, has these words from the architect: “Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.” But do Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs stand up today? “Absolutely,” says Lawrence, “they are timeless.” Time, however, may be the biggest challenge now facing the Bachman Wilson House. Who knows when another storm will hit or what damage it might do to this New Jersey treasure.
Last September, the Wright archive was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University. The move to New York City has shifted the focus to Wright’s East Coast work and ushered in a greater appreciation of his buildings in the region. For more on the Bachman Wilson House, including details about the cost of moving and reassembling it, visit: www.bachmanwilsonhouse.com; for more on the Tarantinos, visit: www.tarantinostudio.com. For a YouTube video illustrating the deconstruction process, visit: http://bit.ly/T1DgZg.
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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN ny farmer can tell you that sometimes you need to leave the land lying fallow before you plant again. In the long half block of 11 Witherspoon Street, pedestrians walked past the shuttered space where Lahiere’s had been rooted for over 90 years and wondered what crop would follow. Even after Princetonians learned that a new restaurant was coming, the suspense built while we waited for something to sprout. For months we had tantalizing hints, even if no one was quite sure how to pronounce the new place’s name (Ag-RI-ko-la, Latin for “farmer”). We waited through a stormy fall, a cold winter, and into spring for the land to bear fruit.
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WHO WORKS THE LAND On Agricola’s website, the venture’s partners are described as “a farmer, a risk taker, and a tasty food maker.” The farmer is Steve Tomlinson, who manages the 112-acre property on the Great Road in Skillman. There, in carefully designed plots, over 120 vegetable varieties are being harvested for the restaurant’s menu. Tomlinson’s personal commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment, along with the rest of his credentials, made him the perfect choice to oversee this key ingredient of an ambitious enterprise. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he worked with the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude on the Gates Project in Central Park. Then, after completing a course on Permaculture Design, he moved on to organic farming. As he puts it, the experience showed him that “a strong idea can bring a community together.” Agricola
calls itself a “community eatery” and he is one key to its success—farm to table within four miles. The risk taker and owner is Jim Nawn, the managing member and founder of Fenwick Hospitality Group, the parent company for the restaurant. His path to what he is doing now is also unusual. He has an MBA from Boston College, was with a major pharmaceutical company for many years while living abroad, then moved into the hospitality business that started Panera Bread bakery-cafés, after which he plunged into a culinary arts program, and finally took the leap of faith in buying the farm on the Great Road where he lives with his family. A hands-on proprietor, he is very much involved with charting the restaurant’s course. The tasty food maker is Josh Thomsen but as a partner in the business he is clearly more than that. A New Jersey
AGRICOLA, PRINCETON native, he was named a “Rising Star Chef” by StarChefs and has not only worked with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, one of the best restaurants in the country, but also served as Chef de Cuisine at Tao, which was the highest grossing restaurant in the United States. He seems relaxed, enthusiastic, and at home in his new role as Executive Chef at Agricola. Although he uses what the farm can supply as much as possible, he explains that he is not a rigid adherent to locavore philosophy. If the best ingredients (particularly meat and fish) are raised elsewhere, that is what the restaurant will serve. In other words, farm to table has been around for a long time now but the phrase does not exclusively define what is being done here. He calls Agricola’s cuisine “rustic American” and insists that the only way the restaurant will serve the community and thrive is by
“being different.” Lahiere’s was noteworthy for its superb wine cellar. Those famed bottles did not come with the property. The General Manager, Ryan Thackaberry, who moved to Princeton from San Francisco, has been building a new wine cellar. Like Thomsen, who says he was “into food” from a tender young age, Thackaberry, was raised in the business. His bio says that he grew up in his family’s restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island and that he was bussing tables as soon as he was old enough to work. Like all the others on the team, he fairly beams when showing people around the place. THE SPACE The design of the Great Road Farm is beautiful, but the fresh design of the restaurant is spectacular. It would have been easy to take the rustic theme and to
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produce a Disneyfied homey barnyard decor—that would have been kitsch. Aptly named Seed Design, the firm that Jim Nawn hired, along with Mucca (which did much of the branding) was far more sophisticated than that. This is rustic with a hip industrial twist. Very little of the old restaurant is left, the neon sign on the outside façade being the most important salvaged piece. Exposed interior brick walls, most of them new, have been partly covered with quilted metal sheets to complement the tin ceilings at great height above—a clever mix of old and new. Exposed piping winds around overhead. Crystal chandeliers in the long hall entry are actually cut and pressed-glass lamp bases turned upside down with bulbs fitted inside. Farm preserves, produced laboriously over many months and used in many of the dishes, decorate-floor-toMAY 2013 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
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ceiling spare modernist shelving at the far end of the entry space like hundreds of colorful jewels on display. That glow is mirrored, literally, behind the long zinc bar counter by liquor bottles in rich array. The extensive space, which can seat 160 diners, has been artfully divided into the quiet of what are called the family room, the parlor, the small courtyard (open in warmer weather), and the kitchen. Iron sconces on the walls tie the spaces together with a common decorative scheme, as do pictures of farm animals and crops. There is a fun tongue-in-cheekiness about all of it—including the display of Victorian ceiling medallions that are arrayed across the brick wall in the parlor. The message is, let’s take the old and rethink it, do something new and fresh and original with it. The spare modernism of arts and crafts style chairs and simple oak tables also bridge styles and centuries. If you want further evidence of this, witness the tractor seats in the bar, which have been
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fitted to stands on which you perch as you down your drink with old friends and perhaps even make some new ones. The staff “uniform” is plaid or checked shirts, another playful rustic touch. Below the main floor in the root cellar where no roots are stored, is a giant mural of a cabbage by Illia Barger, there to be enjoyed by businesses holding conferences. THE FOOD There are two menus at Agricola, one for the bar and one for the dining rooms. The Firsts on the main menu include Great Road Farm’s Poached Egg with rose finn potatoes, frisée, and truffle vinaigrette; Octopus “A La Plancha” with preserved lemon, roasted peppers and olives; and Tangle of Watercress with caramelized walnuts, grapes, and nocino vinaigrette. All of these perked up the palate in preparation for the Seconds, the Coach Farm Cheese and Potato Terrine less so—perhaps too familiar and not cheeky enough.
Of the seven main courses offered, everything we had at our table was both old and new again. The Lancaster County Roasted Chicken was served with white beans (a welcome alternative to garlicky potatoes or rice), braised escarole, sweet carrots, and mustard infused oil. The Eden Farms Pork Chop was paired with red wine braised cabbage, Anson Mill grits cake, pearl onion, apple and mustard sauce. Like the Creekstone Farms Braised Beef Short Ribs paired with roasted root vegetables, Arrowhead spinach, and horseradish gremolata, it was cooked perfectly and the portions were just right. The Wild Mushroom Stew with farro, sunchokes, and harissa was one of two vegetarian plates offered—a great and original combination. Although there were four of us at table, we did not try the Braised Fredericks Farm Veal Shank with creamy polenta, tomato conserve, wilted spinach, melted leeks, and crushed pine nuts, which is served only to parties of
Ilia Barger’s “Giant Mural of a Cabbage;” above: two samples of Agricola offerings.
four. We have saved that for another visit—bloggers rave. Desserts seemed a bit too familiar to us and included Devil’s Food Cake, Warm Granny Smith Apple Bread Pudding, and Meyer Lemon Cheesecake. We tried the Mixed Berry Cobbler Skillet Cake with crème frâiche ice cream and the Roasted Apricot Teff Cake with orange-cardamom ice cream. On the old-new pendulum swing, some will happily go for what we did not, but I can wholeheartedly recommend the teff (an ancient North African cereal grass) cake. The cocktails offered as house specials are original and continue the farmer theme. These include the Great “Dirt” Road Farm Martini, the Seedsman, and the Root Russian. The hamburgers, served at the bar with fries and beet ketchup alongside, are terrific, as are the two choices of flatbread, one with wild mushrooms and one with house-made sausage. Service at the bar was fast,
efficient, and friendly. Looking ahead to changes in the seasonal menu, Thomsen is working on Spring Leg of Lamb with a vineyard ragout of grapes, olives, raisins, oregano, escarole, and parsnips; Roasted Heirloom Carrots with quinoa, wheatgrass, and lemon verbena; and Asparagus with English peas, burrata, and grilled sourdough; and for dessert Blueberry Shortcake with Meyer Lemon Custard, and lavender syrup. The longer-range plan includes adding lunch and breakfast service, which are not available now. COMMUNITY Everywhere you turn at Agricola, you can see the thought and care that went into each
detail. Mucca’s branding, down to the font for the letter “A” with the rooster on top, the matches, the business cards, the gold farm animals set off against both the windows and the black paint of the façade, the design of the kitchen itself (which is every chef’s dream), the sliding barn door that beautifully covers an ugly electrical panel, the architectural floral arrangement at the entry, and of course the menu—all of it sends an inviting message to participate and enjoy. The brilliant stroke of opening up the restaurant to the street with a large plate glass window behind which you can watch the line cooks at work is the proverbial familiar cherry on top—old work (chopping, peeling, preparing) presented in a new, fresh, and original way. How lucky we are to have Agricola in the heart of Princeton.
Agricola is located at 11 Witherspoon Street in downtown Princeton. You can make reservations online or by calling 609.921.2798. The bar is open from 5:00PM “until late” and the restaurant is open for dinner from 5:30PM until 10:00PM every night. The restaurant can accommodate special events and parties from small to large scale gatherings. Visit the website at www.agricolaeatery.com for menus and updates.
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PRINCETON Agricola/AMERICAN Make reservations online or by calling. The bar is open from 5:00 PM “until late” and the restaurant is open for dinner from 5:30PM until 10:00PM every night. Visit the website at www.agricolaeatery.com for menus and updates. 11 Witherspoon St. 609.921.2798 $$$ The Alchemist & Barrister/AMERICAN Relaxed atmosphere and plentiful beer selections make this American eatery/pub a hit. 28 Witherspoon St. 609.924.5555 $$$ Blue Point Grill/SEAFOOD Highly rated eatery has an ever-changing menu of raw oysters and seafood specials. 258 Nassau St. 609.921.1211 $$ BYO Camillo’s Café/AUTHENTIC ITALIAN TRATTORIA WITH RAW SEAFOOD BAR Fresh local produce and quality ingredients make all the difference in the authentic Italian dishes prepared by chef/owner Camillo Tortola. “Pesce e Pasta,” all pasta homemade and all oysters and seafood hand-picked by Camillo. 301 N. Harrison St. Princeton Shopping Center 609.252.0608 $$$ BYO Cross Culture/INDIAN Indulgent collection of the best kormas, curries, biryanis & kebabs that Indian cuisine has to offer. The menu was created to highlight the intricacies of balanced ﬂavors. Outdoor dining & takeout available. Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison St. 609.688.9400 $$$ BYO elements/INTERPRETIVE AMERICAN Chef Scott Anderson, uses locally grown, sustainable products, as well as diverse cultural inﬂuences to create a menu of fresh and inviting ﬂavors. Serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30AM – 2PM. 163 Bayard Ln. 609.924.0078 $$$ Eno Terra/WORLD CUISINE An insistence on using locally produced products in the scope of global cuisine creates a dining experience unlike any other. The wood-ﬁred grill adds ﬂavor to the signature dishes. Serving lunch Monday through Friday. 4484 Rt. 27 609.497.1777 $$$ BYO La Mezzaluna/ITALIAN Cozy Italian dining spot with an extensive array of specialties. 25 Witherspoon St. 609.688.8515 $$ BYO
Mediterra/MEDITERRANEAN A casual restaurant that draws crowds for its wine list and exotic Mediterranean cuisine. 29 Hulﬁsh St. 609.252.9680 $$$ Metro North/ITALIAN, AMERICAN Elegant dining with reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. Full service catering available and seating for up to 100 people. Private dining room for smaller groups also available. Lunch and Dinner: 11:00AM - 10:00PM 378 Alexander Rd. Princeton 609.454.3121 $$ Mistral/MEDITERRANEAN Opening this spring! 66 Witherspoon St. On The Bone/STEAKHOUSE On the Bone is a moderately priced, relaxed atmosphere restaurant featuring aged marbled beef, natural pork and poultry and fresh ﬁsh cooked on the bone. Reservations suggested. 4355 Rt. 1 (At Ridge Rd.) 609.514.2663 $$$
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Parallel 40/WORLD CUISINE Satisfy your adventurous palate with uniquely diverse tastes from around the globe fused into an irresistible mix of worldly cuisine. 201 Village Blvd., Princeton Forrestal Village 609.452.7900 $$ Peacock Inn/AMERICAN The Peacock Inn Restaurant has been designed to provide an elegant and exceptional dining experience. Private dining and special event accommodations also available. 20 Bayard Lane 609.924.1707 $$$ PJ’s Pancake House/AMERICAN BISTRO For those who like breakfast—day or night —this is the place for you. 154 Nassau St. 609.924.1353 $ Princeton Sports Bar & Grill/GASTRO PUB Downtown Princeton’s one and only true sports bar. Casual ﬁne dining fare, as well as an expansive selection of bar food and the best bar in town, featuring microbrews, drafts, and top shelf liquors. 128 Nassau St. 609.921.7555 $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House/STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the elegance and ﬁne dinning of the area’s ﬁrst Ruth’s Chris Steak House with a New Orleans style ﬂare. 2 Village Blvd., Princeton Forrestal Village 609.452.0041 $$$
Main Street/EURO-AMERICAN BISTRO Comfy surroundings and a creative menu make this bistro a popular spot. 301 N. Harrison St. 609.921.2779 $$
Salt Creek Grille/AMERICAN This American grille, in a beautiful Arts & Crafts-style building features an authentic mesquite wood grille in an exhibition kitchen. Highlights include outdoor ﬁrepits, jazz Sunday brunch and an award winning wine list. One Rockingham Row, Princeton Forrestal Village 609.419.4200 $$$
Masala Grill/INDIAN Downtown eatery features a wide range of Indian specialties. 15 Chambers St. 609.921.0500 $$ BYO
Teresa Caffe/CAFÉ & ITALIAN Casual café serves Italian-style pasta, chicken dishes, salads and more. 23 Palmer Square East 609.921.1974 $$
Chef Scott Anderson and his crew are fixated on local ingredients as the elements of your meal. So, menus change constantly to reflect what is freshest and best on each day of each season. Surprise your taste buds! Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch all make eating with friends and family into a truly pleasurable, memorable experience. “If [elements’ Chef Scott] Anderson had merely given Princeton its one great eatery, he’d be a hero, but he is in fact in the vanguard of modern global-American cuisine.” John Mariani, Esquire Magazine
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Cash only facility. Take-out available. 44 Leigh Ave. (corner of John St. & Leigh Ave. Princeton) 609.924.5143. $$ BYO Winberie’s/AMERICAN Winberie’s American Bistro in Princeton, New Jersey is a full service restaurant and bar serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. At Winberie’s American Bistro, the focus is on delivering high quality, casual dining with friendly, attentive service in a neighborhood location. 1 Palmer Square 609.921.0700 $$ Witherspoon Grill/STEAKHOUSE From the man who brought you Blue Point Grill, this eatery is a haven for carnivores. Menu items include dry-aged steaks, meatloaf and pork loin, to name a few. 57 Witherspoon St. 609.924.6011 $$$ Yankee Doodle Tap Room/AMERICAN A unique pub atmosphere with an elegant American grill menu offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as in-room and private dining. Bar & lounge area with seasonal ﬁreplace, outdoor dining on new patio on Palmer Sq. West. At the Nassau Inn 10 Palmer Square 609.921.7500 $$$
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the Legacy of charLes smith oLden by Jordan Hillier
Charles Smith Olden (1799-1876) was born in the modest farmhouse his Quaker grandfather had built in 1759 in Princeton, or Prince-town as it was known in those pre-Revolutionary days when Stockton Street was the King’s Highway. His parents were the Princeton merchant Hart Olden and his wife Temperance. He attended the Lawrenceville School where he was never much of a scholar and dropped out at the age of 15 to work in his father’s general store. His natural talent for business, however, attracted the attention of Matthew Newkirk, a successful merchant from Philadelphia, who employed him for a number of years, until Olden decided to go into business for himself in New Orleans, in 1826. When he returned to Princeton in 1834, he was a successful gentleman and settled down to the life of a country squire. In 1835, he built a stately Greek-Revival mansion on Stockton Street with a grand portico and six Ionic-topped pillars. The house, Drumthwacket, has served as the official residence of the governors of New Jersey since 1981 and, although it has been enlarged considerably since Olden’s
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day, it retains something of the look of an antebellum southern mansion. Olden’s wealth made him a source of power and a prime candidate for New Jersey politics. In 1844, he ran for the Whig party and was elected as a state senator for Mercer County. Six years later he was elected as New Jersey Governor, serving until 1863. As such, it fell to Olden to announce the Civil War following a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln. Many Princeton residents were dismayed with the announcement and Olden did his best to reassure them that he would do everything he could to help protect the Union. While governor, Olden also held many other coveted positions within the community. After the Civil War, he served as a judge and and as treasurer and then trustee of the College at New Jersey (now Princeton University) from 1845 until the time of his death. Olden was one of the key individuals involved in the reconstruction of Nassau Hall after it burned down in 1855, offering to pay for some of the damages out of his own pocket. He also increased the University’s endowment from $240,000 to almost $800,000, reaching out to some of his
fellow classmates from Lawrenceville, and merchants he knew in the area, to do so. He stressed the need for Princeton to have an applied sciences department if it were to compete with the likes of Harvard and Yale. Olden is buried in a Quaker cemetery in Stony Brook in Princeton. Drumthwacket was subsequently altered by Moses Taylor Pyne who bought it from Olden’s widow, Phoebe Ann Smith Olden, in 1893. The couple left no children and the mansion, which was acquired by the State in 1966, serves as their legacy. There, the desk used by Governor Olden takes pride of place. The farmhouse where Olden was born is the gift shop for Drumthwacket. Drumthwacket is open for tours on Wednesdays throughout the year. A $5 donation is suggested and reservations must be made in advance (online preferred). For more information, call 609.683.0057 or visit: www. drumthwacket.org.
Drumthwacket, home of Governor Charles Smith Olden (historic, above; current, below).
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| the last word What are some of the most common misconceptions people have about new music? The most common one is that all new music is dissonant, unmelodious and difficult to listen to. It is hard to believe but some establishments still consider music written 80 years ago as new with almost everything written after that (with few a exceptions) being dismissed. Has having the show go global, on line, changed your approach? Absolutely not! What is the most common comment or request you get from listeners, and from how far away have you heard from people? I do not get many requests. Listeners seem to trust my own judgment in selecting music, but the most common comment besides “I love your program” is: “Keep doing what you are doing and do not change the focus of the program” “How do you find all that music?” Also, before I added the 2-week archiving option to my website I would hear this: “If I miss the program is there a way where I can listen to it later?” One of my most recent comments I love is: “Marvin, you do not play what people like, you make people like what you play.” When I posted this comment on Facebook I got incredible responses from many people. I have heard from people from all over the world including places such as Australia, South Africa, Ukraine, Japan, Azerbaijan, Korea, Philippines, etc. (Link to the comment page on my website: www. classicaldiscoveries.org/events.html )
Marvin rosen: MaKinG PeoPLe LiKe WHaT YoU PLaY By Anne Levin
n Princeton University radio station WPRB-FM, Wednesday morning is reserved for a particularly eclectic program of classical music. Deejay Marvin Rosen’s “Classical Discoveries” has been bringing a blend of Baroque and new music to local listeners for 16 years. Recently, through the Internet, the show has been reaching fans all over the world. His second show, “Classical Discoveries Goes Avant-Garde,” used to follow “Classical Discoveries” but was cancelled by the station last January. A fulltime teacher of piano and music history at Westminster Conservatory of Music, Rosen also finds time to perform, most recently as a member of Piano Duo Venti Dita with composer Jennifer Castellano, who is legally blind and hearing-impaired. The duo has recently released a new CD. Rosen is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Musician Alumni Award from The College of New Jersey. He lectures for the Evergreen Forum at Princeton Senior Resource Center. This fall, his topic will be “Who is Afraid of NEW MUSIC?” where he intends to prove, as he does on his radio show, that we should embrace, rather than fear, our living composers. How did “Classical Discoveries” get started? In 1997 I was working as the recorded music buyer at the Princeton University Store. When the store-advertising director heard that WPRB needed summer DJ’s, she wanted me to try it. After the summer ended I decided to stay and the rest you know. It took me about three to four months to figure out the program’s format. Based on the positive feedback from listeners, I decided to include predominately the combination of lesser-known works of early and new music. This is how it still is.
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Your show emphasizes music from the Baroque period and before, and new music. What is the connection? From the beginning I have noticed that people who like new music also enjoy early music. While preparing my program I am always trying to find some common denominator between each work that will enhance one’s listening experience. I just do not choose a work because the timing fits. I often choose a specific composition because I find some link between new and old music. People seem to like the way I do it. Also, many contemporary composers have been inspired by early music, as well as by instruments mainly forgotten for a few centuries. I do not see anything wrong with this since our living composers do not copy old music; they reinvent it within their own style or styles. Who are some of the guests/events coming up in the future? The Italian pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi who is touring the USA and Canada, is scheduled to be my live radio guest on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30AM. On Sunday, May 19 we will be presenting a “Piano Duo Venti Dita” CD release party celebrating our new CD “Child in the Garden.” The event will be at 3PM in The Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Twenty-five percent of the total CD sales that day will be donated to the Westminster Conservatory Scholarship Fund. What is it about doing the show that you enjoy most? Whatever I do, I am always “an educator who loves teaching music history.” My program is an extension of that love and the act of presenting (I rather call it “sharing,” maybe teaching) little known composers and works to my listening audience makes me very excited. Sixteen years have not changed that. I have the freedom of selecting the music of my choice without interference from WPRB since the station allows each DJ to do their programming. This opportunity allows me to prove to the world that there is so much wonderful new music fitting every discriminating taste, and that there is much more to early music than Palestrina, Handel, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos.”
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